I’m Your Huckleberry

26 May


Now, use your best Virginia twang, just like Doc Holliday in the film, Tombstone, and say … “I’m yore huckleberry”. A verbal expression is a different way to touch history. I became curious about this quaint expression, so of course, I Googled it. This is an old fashioned phrase that means, I am the person for the job, I’m your man, or in my case, I’m the woman for the job. Before I went around saying it in public, I thought I had better check on the meaning. After all, it could mean something entirely different, such as, I’m your fruit tart! On the contrary, this is a fairly useful term, in response to a friendly request, although it will require explanation to those not familiar with it, or not enamored with the dialogue of the film, Tombstone.

I was fortunate to go adventuring again last week with my research pal, Christie. We ended up, again, in the South Park district of the Colorado mountains, poking around some ghost town buildings and another old cemetery. Each cemetery has its own personality, and I found this one to be more melancholy than others we’ve visited. Many of the graves were for children, and the hardships and heartaches of life in the 1880s at almost 10,000 feet elevation was palpable. Touching history is not always joyous. Regardless, be assured that whenever I have a chance to learn and experience those far away times and stories from the past, “I’m your huckleberry”.

Joyce Lohse, 5/26/09


Posted by on May 26, 2009 in Western history


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6 responses to “I’m Your Huckleberry

  1. Julie

    May 28, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Hi Joyce, I loved reading your blog today. I had never heard the phrase, “I’m your huckleberry.” It must have passed me by on Tombstone. And yet, I knew what it must mean–not fruit tart but I”m your man/woman! I love huckleberries! For years and years we have picked them in central Idaho, around McCall. This year, I’ll be back at huckleberry time for the first time in about 15 years! I can hardly wait. And I just might adopt this expression too! Thanks for an interesting lesson.

    • joyce4books

      May 28, 2009 at 1:49 pm

      Thank you, Julie — I’ve had huckleberry jam in Montana and Oregon, so it must be a Northwestern delicacy. Anyway, that expressions sort of tickles me, and caught my imagination for some reason. I appreciate your comments. Best wishes — Joyce

  2. Velda Brotherton

    June 1, 2009 at 10:02 am

    Hi Joyce, never heard that expression in Arkansas, but we did have an abundance of huckleberries here until the gov. stopped allowing burn-off of the woods. Anyway, that’s what the old-timer’s say. I wasn’t fond of picking the little devils though, as they’re ripe during chigger and seed tick time and are low to the ground. But we picked a lot and the pies are delicious, as is the jam. Thanks for the info.

    • joyce4books

      June 2, 2009 at 9:29 am

      How interesting that huckleberries are native to Arkansas. I don’t know if they grow with abandon in Colorado high country or not. All I know is that nothing much grows in my Denver yard without some serious outside help! Thank you for sharing your experience with huckleberries. — Joyce

  3. Arletta Dawdy

    June 1, 2009 at 12:51 pm

    Hi Joyce,
    Lovely blog design and this entry was a good one! The picture of the house with its diagonal doorway was enchanting. Do you suppose that angle served a specific purpose, like a dual address for a house or building on a corner? There’s probably some common senscal explanation that I’m missing.

    • joyce4books

      June 2, 2009 at 9:26 am

      Hello Arletta — I have no solid explanation for the diagonal doorway on the house in the photo. I found it unusual and enchanting as well. Pioneers often find such interesting ways to express their individualism, creativity, and independence. Thank you for your comments! — Joyce


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