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Topic: Hmph! (03/04/10)
TITLE: Aunt Tilda
By LaTawnia Kintz
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Whenever Aunt Tilda exclaimed in this manner, everyone knew she was not only displeased, she was extremely displeased.
This particular form of expression was reserved for those situations and people who found themselves on her wrong side. And it didn't take much to get on that side of her.
You see, Aunt Tilda believed she descended from one of the families who came over on the Mayflower. Of course there was never any real proof, but it's what she believed. And because of that belief, she lived her life in what she considered was proper and fitting of such a descendant. It wouldn't have been so bad, except for the fact that Aunt Tilda held all of the money in the family.
So when one of her relatives, one such as I, made a decision that didn't agree with her; or landed in a situation that brought the family name into the paper (something I was quite good at doing) she would utter her famous “ Hummmmpppphhh.”
Having been on the receiving end of that sound, I knew there would follow a diatribe that would cause a person to sink into her chair and pray for the floor to open and swallow her whole!
Yes, a casual “hmph” would have been easier to hear and bear. But perhaps because hers was so extreme and famous, it only added to her eccentricity. Because let's face it, once you heard Aunt Tilda's “hmph” you never forgot her.
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