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  • Writer's pictureDawn Wallis

Lord Willing and the Creek Don't Rise - Southernism

Updated: Oct 9, 2023

Have you heard this Southern saying before? I thought this one appropriate to share today, because yesterday, the creeks, the rivers, and the marshes rose to overflowing where I live.

This saying is a Southern way to assure others that we plan on being someplace or getting something done as long as an act of God doesn’t prohibit it. For example, I’ll be working on a new short story today, Lord willing and the creek don’t rise. Meaning, as long as I can get home in front of my computer, I’ll be writing all afternoon.

Note: Some of my dear friends from Georgia insist this is in reference to the Creek Native American Tribe. I researched this idea and couldn't find conclusive evidence. Either way, the gist is still the same.

Lord Willing and the Creek Don't Rise - Southern Saying

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