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A kiss is still a kiss

... a kiss is still a kiss, so the song goes

by Betty Rossi

My dear friend, the lovely Rita Quinn-Dietrich, gave me a peck on the cheek last week and said that she couldn't stay and "chit-chat". Chit-chat or chitter-chatter is like Jibber Jabber but more intense. A peck on the cheek is wonderful. It's lighter than a kiss, but stronger than a breeze. Why it is called a "peck" baffles me. I'll take a peck on the cheek any day of the week.

I was thinking about the Stringer Meeting when we had our picture taken as a group for posterity. When I saw the picture, I immediately thought of the Beverly Hillbillys, the Clampets. I said, "I hosey a do-over". Don Norris, smiled that wonderful smile of his and looked at me as if to say, "Say What?" He comes from "Joisy", what does He know! Kay McCarte knew exactly what I meant. "Hosey a do-over" must be an old Melrose saying. Being the ever curious, I pulled out the dictionary to find the definition for the skeptics in the group and couldn't find it anywhere. I even went on line, trying numerous spelling angles. I went into the Slang Dictionary. Nowhere to be found. Well, I didn't make it up. It had to come from somewhere. Maybe it comes from the good old days when we had to play outside with friends. If a game didn't come out right, we could "hosey a do-over". We didn't have umpires, referees or parents to give us the "Don Norris Look", so I'm sure that we used a lot of sayings that will never, ever be found in the dictionary.

I think that I will give Kay McCarte a peck on the cheek for knowing what "hosey a do-over" meant. I may even give her two pecks!


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