Mom: Hey John, How are you John?
John: Hi Gladys, Fair to middlin’
Mom: Me too, John, I’m fair to middlin’
Mom ( to me ): He’s always fair to middin’. I am too. I Don’t know what that means.
I asked the ladies who helped my mom what “fair to middlin'” meant … they didn’t know. John is an old boy, so I assumed this must be a phrase along with “bee’s knees” and “when hector was a pup.” Fair to middling means ” ok. average. meh.” My brief googlpedia research rounded up a lovely piece on livestock or crop grade that goes in this order: fine, through good, fair, middling, ordinary and least good. So John and my mom were doing O.K. Affirmed each day along with others at the residence at meal times. A new expression for me while I visited my mom in America.
When I walked into my mom’s room for the first time, I was taken with all the photos and art she brought with her. Most specifically the painting of some daisies in a pot. When that painting was purchased, I was a teen off haggling with the vendors of Tijuana trying to knock off a few pesos for some huaraches. My mom and dad were after something for our home. We split up shopping in the Tijuana shopping maze. My mom told my dad that she found something she loved. My dad told my mom that he also found something perfect. I can’t remember who went first, but when the first led the other to the painting they loved, they both smiled because it was the same painting. A bunch of daisies in a pot. So they bought it and it was in our home. And there it was in my mom’s room. I took a photo of it, but it came out a bit crooked. Well, fair to middlin’.