Neil Diamond — “Sweet Caroline”
When Callie was 13 and living in North Carolina, she experimented with deliquency but wasn’t very good at it. The neighbor she stole from, Mrs. Kaplan, gave her a chance to make it up with chores:
The first couple times I came over, I tried to finish my chores fast and scurry out of there, but Mrs. Kaplan wasn’t having that and asked me for supper. Except for being Jewish, Mrs. Kaplan was as straight southern as okra and biscuits, both of which I got real familiar with in her house. She was of the (correct) opinion that I was too darn skinny and needed to do something with that hair of mine.
Another not-perfectly-Southern thing about Mrs. Kaplan: She loved Neil Diamond, especially when there was cleaning to be done. Callie has had a weakness for Neil ever since.