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Run Away To Live With The Hillbillies

When I was a kid growing up in Kentucky we all thought that hillbillies came from Georgia and Tennessee. We had no idea that we were hillbillies ourselves. Heck, we were just regular, ordinary people, well educated on the ways of the world and just as sophisticated as anyone else in the hollow.

I remember us sitting around watching the Beverly Hillbillies on TV. That was the first time I had ever seen these funny people. I asked my mother, “Are hillbillies really like that?” She told me they sure were and that she had actually talked to one of them when she went down to Lake Norris in Tennessee about 20 years ago. He talked real funny and she could barely understand what he was saying. “Is that where they live?” I asked her. That was how I found out that hillbillies were real people and they lived in Tennessee and Georgia mostly.

I thought hillbillies were funny, but they seemed to be real nice people. One evening after watching a few hours straight of the Beverly Hillbillies marathon my cousin, my brother and I decided that we were going to run away from home and go down south and live with the hillbillies. We knew that Jed and Granny were living in California so we were hoping their old house was still empty so we could take up a home stead. Yeah, young boys often get silly ideas but we were very serious. We decided to run away day after tomorrow, we didn’t want to miss any of the marathon.

It was about that time that I wondered what a hillbilly might think about shows like the Beverly Hillbillies. I thought they must be very proud. How wonderful it would be to have a television show that was just about your kind of people! I asked my mother about this. I was surprised to learn that hillbillies did not have electricity and certainly no television sets. Why hillbillies don’t even have indoor plumbing! I discussed all this with my brother and cousin. We decided that we would just stay home and watch hillbillies on TV and not run away after all.

One day dad informed us that we were going to go on a trip to Ohio to visit with some of our family. We had never been out of Kentucky before so we were really excited about the trip. Shortly after we arrived at our aunt and uncle’s house the trouble started. Our cousins didn’t mind at all to call us hillbillies and they laughed while they tried to mock our speech.

Later I asked my mother if it was true, “Are we really hillbillies?” She assured me that we were not hillbillies and that my cousins had been mean to say such things but it still wasn’t very nice for me to have blacked their eyes.

I decided that what I had heard about Buckeyes being stuck up and “better than anyone else” was true. I also added ignorance to their list of qualities. They didn’t even know the difference between a hillbilly and a regular person. Hey, if you think we talk funny you ought to go down to Norris Lake, Tennessee!

We saw National Geographic and wild animal shows do TV specials on people all over the world, from Australia to Africa to South America, but we never did see them go down to Georgia and Tennessee to document the hillbillies. Even after all these years I would still like to see hillbillies interacting in their natural habitat in living color on my TV. It might also help to teach some of those Buckeyes up there what real hillbillies are.

Written by Eugene Turner Copyright 2009 all rights reserved and may not be republished in any form.

9 replies on “Run Away To Live With The Hillbillies”

I am really hoping that this isnt a true story but it is a good one. I have actually been to Norris Lake quite a few times and use to even keep a boat there. I can confirm that they do talk funny there 😉

I love the way they talk, they’re the salt of the earth – no pretence, just what you see! Give me that anytime.

What a walk back through time, I too am from Kentucky, and remember being called hillbilly. The only people who said it in an insulting way was all those Buckeye cousins.I look forward to reading more!!!

I really like that idea about doing a national geographic show about Hillbillies… sort of like you see those naked tribes in Africa. 🙂

LOL This was hilarious! Thanks for the laugh. I was raised in Kentucky and now live in Tennessee. I remember when I first moved down here years ago that Tennesseans made fun of ME and called me a hillbilly because I came from Kentucky! They thought it was really funny that I called all Coke products ‘pop’ and called the movie theater ‘the show’. Well, that’s what they are! Shows what they know. Dang hillbillies! 😉

That is why jewelry and fancy clothing sell so well: Everyone wants to be better than then next fellow. Truth be told, the world over, people are only hillbillys. True character is shown in tough times when people are pressured to act naturally under trying circumstances. In hard times, hillbillys usually fair better than the rich and famous because their survival skills have been developed everyday. Before being country and hillbilly was considered anywhere near proper or acceptable, humble country folk were teaching the Golden Rule to their children, preparing them for realities of life.

Thanks for the article on Hillbillys: the salt of the earth.

Truly the salt of the earth. I’ve got neighbors who’d give you the shirts off’n their backs if you was in need, share their meals if you was hungry, and put you up for the night, need be.

One of my best friends cuts my other neighbors grass just to keep busy, and he’s proud as punch to be called mountain folk. And there is that stereotype oh hillbillies laying around and being lazy.

Well I know farmers who work sun up to sun down, and still run circles around city folk. Truth be known, there are every type of person, one end of the scale to the other everywhere you go on this planet.

You’ll know the good souls by their actions, and the bad ones will prove their own worth themselves.

I think they are good folk. As for Lily, she seems to have some flatulence issues.

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