Mrs. Nell Hughes
May 7, 1951
Collected by Irene Carlisle
Reel 117 Item 1
TALE OF THE THREE FOOLS
Well, this is a little tale about a girl and a "boy
that lived 'way "back in the hills, and one day when the
"boy decided he'd go up the hill to see his girl friend,
he got close to the house, and he could hear her just a-cryin
and a-cryin'; and he wondered what in the world had
happened. And he went out to smokehouse, where the sounds
were the loudest of her cryin', and there she was, a-settin'
on the doorstep, with her apron up over her face, jist
a-cryin' like ever'thing.
He said, "Why, Honey, what are you cryin' about?"
Said, "Oh, oh! I jist been a-studyin' out here about the
times that comes, whenever these hams that's a-hangin' up
here in this smokehouse—what if these 'ld some of 'em
fall on our children's heads, and kill 'em?"
And he thought, "Oh, that foolish girl!" That's one
of the most foolish things that he'd ever heard in his
life, when they wasn't even married yet. He said,
"Why, girl, that's the silliest thing I've ever heard.
And I'm go in' away, and leave this country; and when I
run across three more people that's as foolish as you are,
I'll come back and marry you."
So he started out; and he traveled and he traveled for
several days, and he come up to a house, and he heard the
awfullest thumpin' and jumpin', and he wondered what in
the world could be goin' on there. So he went up to the
door, and there was a man a-runnin' and jumpin1, tryin'
to jump into a pair of pants that was hangin' on the wall.
He said, "Why, man, what you doin' that for?" Said, "Well,
I'm tryin' to jump into my pants." He said, "Well, I haven't
ever seen but one person that was silly as you are; and
when—-I'm a-lookin' for two more, and then I'm goin' back
and marry this first silly one."
So he started out; and he traveled, and he traveled;
and one day he come to a little house set out on the edge
of the woods, and there was a little woman with her sun-bonnet
on, and apron, and long ruffledy dress draggin' out
the tracks, and she was pushin' a wheelbarrow up the porch
ramp and onto the porch and into the front room, and turnin'
it upside down. And he set down, and kep' a-watchin' her
awhile, till she done this time and over again. So after
awhile he decided he'd ask her what in the world she was
doin'. So she said, "Boy, I've just scrubbed out front room,
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and I'm a-haulin' in sunshine in this wheelbarrow to
dry out the floor." And he said, "Well, I was lookin'
for three people as silly as one back home, and I've
found two. You're the second one, and I just have one
more to go."
So he started out, and he traveled and he traveled for
several days, and he come to a house, ANd there 'as a
little old woman a-settin' out on a bench close to the
woodpile, and she had a great big old blanket all spread
out in front of her, and she had the scissors, and she 'as
a-cuttin' and a-slashin', and he says, "What in the world
are YOU doin'?" And she said, "Well, boy, you see these
holes here?" Says, "I'm a-cuttin' 'em out."
So he said, "Well, well! Here's the third person as
silly as the girl back home. I'm go in' back and marry her
now, for I found three that was as silly as she was!"
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