IT WAS SO UNSOPHISTICATED….Remembering a story by Mrs. Pinkie Wingate of Clover, S.C.
At the end of the 20th century, a wonderful friend, Pinkie Wingate would hold house parties at her S.C. beach home, often to which my husband and I were invited. Pinkie, often regaled, in the memories she had as a young girl, leaving Lancaster, S.C., where her father, Orvis Boger Bartlett, a prominent businessman strapped a crate full of live chickens to the top of their luxury touring car. She thought it a form of being mortified over what she viewed as an “unstafisticated” view of herself, exiting Lancaster for the family’s vacation to the coast. It was her older sister, who reportedly coined the phrase, “This is so unstafisticated.” Of course she would go further to admit, the chickens were deliciously cooked by the black cook at Murrell’s Inlet, where chickens were unavailable for seasonal visitors. As she recalled, “I sat in the floorboard of the backseat until we were well out of Lancaster, I couldn’t have any of my friends seeing me in such a state….”
Any trip to the Carolina coast now brings fond memories of Pinkie’s childhood recollections.
Cathy K. Fairey – 2018
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