you know you’re a redneck

EDIT: My sister Bethany and her husband Stewart took their youth group on a missions trip to KY yesterday (yes, Gail and Krista, KY is a foreign country to the rest of us!), and Stew ended up in the emergency room last night with two kidney stones. They may have to do surgery to crush them–one is causing his kidney to swell. Please pray that God will give the doctors wisdom, calm their hearts, and heal Stew quickly. Thanks!

Gabe’s going to Eldora Speedway in Sydney, OH tomorrow for the “Nextel Prelude to the Dream.” I know we’ve had NASCAR talks before–all that redneck, country, hillbilly, hick stuff. And then we’ve got Matt and Jess burning diapers in their driveway…

Anyway, I won’t go on and on, but Gabe had me listen to a country song tonight, and it got me thinking. (I’m not a huge country music fan. I really don’t listen to music that often, come to think of it.) The lyrics were so real-to-life, and I thought, you know what? These people I think of as rednecks are so real and genuine. I’m so busy half the time trying to be cool, and they’re just living life, being real. I’ve watched quite a bit of NASCAR with Gabe, and once you get to know these guys and their families, it’s pretty neat. They’re real people. A lot of them love the Lord. Many of them are reaching out to help people who are less fortunate. They’re getting down and dirty, loving people like Jesus did.

So, Gabe was talking to his podcast co-host just a few minutes ago, and his comments inspired this post.

“I’m probably more of a redneck than I care to admit,” he said to Lee. “I act like like I’m going there tomorrow to mix with all the rednecks, and actually I’m one of them.”

The race doesn’t start until 8pm, but he’s leaving at 6:30 am to meet a friend, hang out at the track, watch Tony Stewart go fishing, watch practice, grill some food, meet some drivers (Kevin Harvick’s his fave), try out his new camera lens, be real, have fun, and not worry about being cool.

I think I might start acting more like a redneck.

Here are the lyrics to the song. It gave me goosebumps.

Watching You by Rodney Atkins

Drivin’ through town just my boy and me
With a “Happy Meal” in his booster seat
Knowin’ that he couldn’t have the toy ‘til his nuggets were gone.
A green traffic light turned straight to red
I hit my brakes and mumbled under my breath.
His fries went a flyin’, and his orange drink covered his lap
Well, then my 4 year old said a 4 letter word
It started with “S” and I was concerned
So I said, “Son, now where’d you learn to talk like that?”
He said, I’ve been watching you, dad ain’t that cool?
I’m your buckaroo, I want to be like you.
And eat all my food and grow as tall as you are.
We got cowboy boots and camo pants
Yeah, we’re just alike, hey, ain’t we dad
I want to do everything you do.
So I’ve been watching you.
We got back home and I went to the barn
I bowed my head and I prayed real hard
Said, “Lord, please help me help my stupid self.”
Just this side of bedtime later that night
Turnin’ on my son’s Scooby-doo nightlight.
He crawled out of bed and he got down on his knees.
He closed his little eyes, folded his little hands
Spoke to God like he was talkin’ to a friend.
And I said, “Son, now where’d you learn to pray like that?”

With tears in my eyes I wrapped him in a hug.
Said, “My little bear is growin’ up.”
And he said, “But when I’m big I’ll still know what to do.”

My hubby doesn’t have a son, but he has three little girls who watch him very closely and want to be like him (and me!) when they grow up. It’s a huge responsibility, that’s for sure! And a beautiful one.

19 thoughts on “you know you’re a redneck

  1. terriwright

    Praying for Stew. Kidney stones are no one’s idea of a good time. Our minister has used that song in his message. Good stuff.

    Being a life-long Kentuckian, I guess I qualify as a redneck, but as you say, most of ‘us’ are just fairly down-to-earth, work-every-day, pleased-and-proud-to-shout-Jesus-out-loud people. I’ve traveled and trained teachers a few places, and I still like here best.

  2. rocknnell

    Neat blog…the nail you hit….was ” GENUINE & REAL”  ~ whether it is tennis shoes, crocs, cowboy boots or mud boots…or ” HIGH HEALS”…. and I pray, that in that “REALNESS”  is a “GENUINE” relationship that gushes through our entire being. Race track, fast track…back track…….may they see JESUS, in us !  Grandkids, In Law..raised kids….

  3. tonialynn59

    Yep, if that is a description of a red neck, I too am married to one.  Adam is one too but teases his dad that he is worse than Adam.  But as christine says “like father, like son”.  I’ve heard that song and it is a great song but I’m really not a country fan.  It is hard because Adam is and so is Hayley.  Mike is sort of too.

    I’m praying for Stew and Bethany and their group.  That is tough to be away from home and in a hospital!  Thanks for letting us know so we can pray!

  4. filledeparis

    I am praying for Stew, Bethany, and the group. My best friend Emily and her husband Andy work in the youth ministry at my home church (GBC)in Huber Heights. They know your sister and Stew. Again, I’m praying!

  5. ctorlone

    I love that song as well…I’ve been into country for a longgggggg time…ever here Barbara Mandell sing, “I was country…when country wasn’t cool!”…yeah, that’d be me. (since about 8th grade)   I know what you mean about “knowing the people”…that’s how it is with golf and me…people think I’m nuts, but when you start learning about the guys that play, you get attached and find yourself cheering them on.  Anthony always teases that he married a “redneck”…and then I just throw back at him that I married a “yuppie”!!  so fun!!!

  6. ch1pch0p

    Country is the best because of the stories!! That song is one of my faves — I always get excited when it comes on.

    I prayed for you guys for a while last night — just felt like it.

  7. Anonymous

    Praying for your sister and Stew! I don’t listen to country music as often as I’d like but I love that the lyrics are usually real life and contain a message!

  8. allieanne

    I love that song! I listen to country music and proud of it 🙂 We live about 30 minutes from Bristol Motor Speedway…plus we live in the mountains…so we are learning all about the redneck culture!

    Keep us updated on Stewart!

  9. ClutzyButtercup

    What an awesome reminder that sonf is…I have had the privileg (and the trepidation) of seeing a little of my husband and I in our 20 now 20 year old son…Sometimes it makes me smile and other times it makes me cry!

  10. faithchick

    a) you’re too funny. if that’s what a redneck is-then i’m proud that i’m (married to!) one.
    2) good point. they typically don’t give a durn what other’s think about them. they just live life like they live life. it’s great.
    iii) Matt was talking about that song just the other day. Country music is my music of choice. i love it!

  11. rachmckinney

    ok, i admit, i really enjoy country music. this song tha tyou put on here is one michael has coined as michael’s and joseph’s song. and we have it on our ipod:) and every time it comes on, j. shouts, “Daddy’s song!” it’s very sweet.

  12. OkinawaAna

    Oh, I love that song!  And, yeah, it’s late there, but it’s the middle of the day here.  The three of us are hanging out at the office, enjoying lots of unproductive time online.  🙂

  13. angntug

    I’ve heard that song…I always feel like crying when I hear it… The song I sang this weekend at Crossroads is country…Martina McBride “Anyway”. It’s written from a prayer (of poem) by Mother Teresa. Our pastor read it before the song….so cool!

    Morgan said tonight how she still has to get on her tippy-toes for certain things. She said “Mommy, you get on your tippy-toes when you get your vitamins at night.”
    “how do you know, Morgan?”
    “Because I sneak behind you and watch you. You don’t know I’m there. I do what you do!” (lol! :))
    What a neat privilege!

  14. julia_a_n_n

    I saw your comments on Beth and Jess’s sites; I read some excerpts from your books and found them to be quite insightful (even though I am single). I thought I’d let you know I’m excited to read more! Your country music post reminds me of a Phillips, Craig, and Dean song “I Want To Be Just Like You.” It is about a little boy, but my pastor used to change the words and sing it about his three girls.

  15. luvmynoah

    That song about made me cry.  I’ll have to send it to Shan.  We don’t listen to country either.  The words are very awesome though…especially the message.  I’m afraid we aren’t at all into NASCAR but Shan is originally from Arkansas.  He’s a redneck at heart as are his parents.  You are right….everyone I’ve met in his family in AK are very real and down to earth.  Good Blog Miss Marla.

  16. jbnygaard

    Beautiful blog!

    You don’t ever listen to music? SERIOUSLY?! What about Praise and Worship? What about Christian Radio? Did you know that Krista knows like EVERY word to EVERY song I’ve ever heard of before? Now that family is a music making machine! I still find it hard to believe that you don’t listen to music! 

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