March 22, 2013

Blessed: A DC Salutation

Since I arrived in DC, I have appreciated how people here (especially the African American community) say, "have a blessed one" as a good-bye salutation.  "Blessed" is pronounced "bless-said," a full two syllables of blessedness.  Today, I heard for the first time:
"How you been?"
"I' been blessed."
It was a single syllable this time, but what a great answer to "How you been?"  These are small expressions of gratitude and good wishes, but I heartily approve of this sweetness.

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