This spring, so many young people will graduate from high school and college. Recently, after my nephew Matt graduated from Goodrich High School near Flint, Michigan, his extended family (ages 5 to 93) gathered around him after dinner and each gifted him with some words of wisdom. I’m sharing them here with you to pass on to your favorite grad (or keep all for yourself). We love you, Matt, and we know you’ll be an outstanding addition to Western Michigan University
Recently, I got this letter from a teacher and her students:
Dear Ms. Stauffacher,
I think the book \”Nothing but Trouble\” is a great cultural book of inspiration for the young African-American girls in my second grade class. They really enjoyed the story and the pictures.
However, we have a question we are stumped on. What exactly does \”nickin sweet potatoes\” mean? We googled it, but could not find an answer. If you have time, we would love to hear about this. Is it cultural or a generational phrase?
Thanks in advance for any response.
Mrs. Gideon and her second grade girls
Here was my response:
Dear Mrs. Gideon and second grade girls:
Thank you for your interest in my book. That phrase was Althea’s own and it comes from her autobiobraphy “I Always Wanted to Be Somebody” Althea and her friends would dare one another to run by the produce stand and grab something. To nick means to steal. Here’s something else the girls might like to see. After the book was published I got this photo of Buddy Walker from his family. Best wishes! Sue