By Ron Wood / guest columnist
The Meridian Star
I used to think I was a high class guy until I watched an episode of Duck Dynasty … and recognized several of my kinfolk. Seeing my country cousins made me realize that college degrees are useless without a truck and some hunting buddies. My roots run deep, right back into the cypress swamp.
Seeing men who loved wildlife, hunting, and fishing brought back childhood memories of the great outdoors: beautiful woods; lakes and streams teeming with wildlife; and my first taste of swamp cabbage. That native delicacy (along with fresh fried mullet) is a southern delicacy that northerners know nothing about. I remember a hand-lettered sign that hung outside the door of a small country store: "SWAP CABBAGE." It was spelled just like that. Locals knew what it meant.
Duck Dynasty proves that you don't need to be a genius to get rich. You just need to supply something that customers are willing to pay for. And what red-blooded man can survive without having a quality duck call? I mean, wouldn't that be like not carrying a pocket knife? Unthinkable.
My wife and I love the show and watch it as often. We even went to Marvin's and bought us our own matching Duck Dynasty T-shirts. They hang in the closet right next to our New Orleans Saints shirts. Talk about style — we are now veritable trend-setters!
Most viewers of DD have a favorite character. Mine is Si. He is so smart that everything he says is a "si-intistic fact." Boy, can he spin a tale, too. And his stories take strange turns that will leave you saying, "Huh?" Similar to some of my sermons, I am told.
I may not have the bushy beard that fits in with the boys, but I can understand where they are coming from. So can my wife — even though her idea of camping involves a Holiday Inn.
As for me, I may live in a city, but I'm a country boy at heart. I've been chased up a tree by a wild boar. I once dove headfirst through a barbed-wire fence to escape a charging bull. I even sunk a boat ten feet from the dock. I've wasted dozens of shells blasting at dove while they flew circles around me in mocking delight. And I've spent a lot of money on fishing lures that proved more attractive to me than to any fish. (Crickets and worms work better anyway.)
But there is one thing I have in common with the Duck Dynasty family. Just as they do at the end of every episode, we bow our heads at our family meal and give thanks to God for our blessings. Their humor is pure redneck, but their humility is real when they honor the Lord. Seems like America could use more of that gratitude around our dinner tables and on our television shows.
Ron Wood is pastor of Trinity Assembly of God. Hear the The Father's Power Sundays at 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. on 103.3 FM. 601-683-8189. www.trinitymeridian.