I love my mother so very much! No offense to any other amazing moms out there I might know, but in my humble opinion, my own mom is the best. :) She's so funny. She probably doesn't mean to be funny sometimes, but she is. People who make me laugh are awesome. Laughing is my favorite.
Since I moved to Huntsville, trying to explain my family's accent is kind of hard, because I think people might think I'm exaggerating them a bit. I'm really not. Huntsville isn't far removed from my hometown, of course, and plenty of rednecks live out here, but it does have more than its fair share of northern and international transplants, and the southern dialect is still a bit new for them. Since I did public speaking in high school (and because of a cute boy I knew who told me he thought southern accents didn't sound very smart), I beat my accent into submission, and because of that I've met quite a few people who don't realize I'm from the south. At least not until I've talked to them for a while. At any rate, they seem surprised when I mimic my mother or sister's accent, because they don't understand why my own is so different.
I tell you all of that because I wanted to show you an automatic email I got from our voice-mail provider. It sends us an email letting us know that we've gotten a voice mail so that we know to check it. It used to just have the "You've Got Voicemail" message on it, but they've upgraded to having a computer actually transcribing the messages people leave so that you can read them without having to go through the hassle of signing in to the website to listen to them. Usually, with the exception of some names and places, the computer transcribed messages are very accurate. When my mom calls, her accent confuses it. Here is the message I got:
"Hi Kayleen. Hey we made the dog-show-or(?) were sick or out on the balcony looking out at white-riley(?) hey I just thought I'd let you know I would not it okay alright(?) love you all. Bye bye."
I was all...what? Did she have a stroke? Then I listened to the message, and what you see above was not even close. I'm not going to tell you what she actually said, because I want to see if any of you know your "Country" enough to decipher it. Personally, though, you may need to get in touch with a Navajo Windtalker to see what they think. :)