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  • One of my all-time favorite shows is a cartoon that's on 'adult swim' called Squidbillies.

    In short, it's about a family of squids that did not evolve properly - growing up and living in the "back woods" mountains of North Georgia.

    I come from a small "hick" town myself and relate to much of what the 11 minute cartoon makes fun of in every episode. What's more - my stepfather, whom I love dearly, was born and raised in Rome, Georgia which is near where the cartoon takes place.

    I'll never forget one of the first few times we went over to his place when him and my Mom started dating. He handed me a keychain with this weird bone thing hanging off of it. I asked him what it was and he just started laughing and said "You're holding a possum pecker!" I immediately threw it at him and thought it was soooo gross!!

    It was definitely the first of many "Good, God!" moments in my little country life.

    Earlier this year, my daughter and fiance and I were watching Squidbillies and the main character, Early Cuyler (the little green dude in the photo - and who we named our dog after) said something about "possum peckers" and I nearly died laughing. Of course, Matt and Taylor thought I'd lost my mind until I told them that "Pop" actually had one of those... They were a little grossed out, too.

    We went back home this weekend to keep an eye on my sister while my Mom and stepdad went to visit my stepbrother up in the panhandle. Sunday, when they got back home, as we were getting packed up to leave, my step dad asked Matt to come talk to him for a second.

    I don't know how the conversation started or why my step dad felt led to do this - but he GAVE Matt the possum pecker key chain!!! Just - out of the blue. I told Matt that he must be "one of us" now - because I'd not seen that key chain since he had first shown it to me - over 21 years ago. Pop is passing down his (weird) legacy. To my fiance. That makes me happy.

    I sent my ex-husband a text this morning asking him to call me when he gets a second so I could tell him the story. Fortunately, for our daughters' sake - he and I are on very good terms - still one of the oldest friends that each other has. I believe that this is a legacy he'll laugh about and be glad that he got to skip.
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