By Vernalee
Sometimes we feel that we may be the smartest person walking. We may have the degrees, be recognized professionally/academically, and have acquired the best possessions that money can buy. Some of us go as far to elevate our level of importance, put our arrogant heads in the clouds, and look down on others. Not me! I discovered an important fact early on. Let we share with you what I learned in Mississippi. Many, in fact most of the town folks were uneducated; some illiterate. Yet, they were some of the smartest people that I have meet. So today, read my lips. I caution you to stop underestimating folks! You know the group that the elite pompously relegate to the corner of ignorance of not being able to intelligently process information to their level of acceptance. There is a plethora of one liners that are used to describe them. Here is a modest list:
* Not the sharpest tool in the shed.
* Dumb as a bag of hammers.
* Dumb as a box of rocks.
* Not the brightest light in the harbor.
* The light’s on but no one’s home.
* Not the brightest bulb in the box.
* A few screws short of a hardware store.
* Not the sharpest knife in the drawer.
* A few cards short of a deck.
* A few fries short of a Happy Meal.
* About as sharp as a marble.
* Only has one oar in the water.
* The elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top floor.
* A few peas short of a casserole.
They may not have been “A” students, but their common sense may put them light years ahead or equal to the academic greats with their street sense of understanding, interpretations, and calculations. You probably know some of these folks; I proudly know many. So be careful! Some let the name calling roll off their backs. The streets have toughen them up and granted them immunity. “Sticks and stones may break their bones, but names will never hurt them!” Therefore, don’t disregard what they know! Don’t underestimate their intelligence. When it comes to street savvy, they wrote the book and may can run circles around the best! Watch it! They may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but the blade still cuts!
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