Lower Than a Snake’s Belly On a Hot Rock
This is a phrase I started using when I lived in South Texas and have no idea if I coined it myself or picked it up during some southern redneck exchange but I love it; the sound of the words, the feel, the completeness of it and Lord the warmth of it.
See I spit it out one day to express that I was a bit down and as soon as those words were out of my mouth a miracle of sorts occurred. I laughed and chortles were chortled around me. Heck I felt better!
With a smile in my heart I examined what it meant – such an odd thing to say I thought- but such a delightful truth. I mean how low can you go and still feel good and feelin good is what I like. Why through fear and sadness and joy I allow, no I make myself enjoy the misery or elation to the hilt. I’m not exactly a drama queen although there are folk who may argue that point. Hmmm maybe…sometimes but I prefer to think of it as exuberance.
Truth be told it was much more so in my younger years which probably started, oh let’s see, around birth, having learned very young that I love to make people laugh. Slip a little comment into a conversation and boom, instant mirth. Sure makes the moment better.
“How are you?”
“Lower than a snake’s belly on a hot rock.”
I loved it and was just a shade miffed if in fact I was swell and had to admit it by saying I am well.
Now I love rednecks and all folk of a different bent; unique thinkers, wordsmiths, otherworldly minds, rebels by choice or by genetic misfires who spurt out something different making you stop and realize you just heard something genius muttered. I figure because they give us a different view, not locked in by anything they are all a breath of fresh air in a world of propriety and staidness.
Young children have a way of doing that.
Funny I love that phrase so much cause I hate slithering retiles. Cannot even look directly at them, which by the way makes the last Harry Potter film difficult to watch, and is annoying to those around me as with eyes cast down I keep asking, “Is it gone yet?”
But just think about it. Feeling so low you must stretch out and let the warmth soothe you. Well out of that can only come renewal. Embrace the moment that is. If you must be sad, glad, fearful do it well then let it go.