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Friday, August 6, 2010

Thank God I'm A Southern Girl

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Linking up again with Follow Friday and Friday Follow 40 and Over. If you haven’t tried it yet, you should. It’s a great way to find some new reads. Plus all the cool kids are doing it.

Today I thought a great deal about just what I love about living in the South.

I love hearing that slow, soft drawl.

I love Southern manners. Now I’m not saying those who live north of the Mason/Dixon don’t have manners but it’s been proven in an earlier post that saying “Yes Ma’am” or “No Sir” to someone is frowned upon and thought rude. Really?

I love the small town festivals held in the South. And do you want me to get started on pageants? I think we all know where I stand on that, right?

I love grits. And biscuits with homemade preserves. And fried chicken with whipped potatoes and milk gravy.

I love that a man will still hold the door open for a woman.

I love that people wave when they pass each other on the road. Or as they pass your house.

I love sitting on the front porch with a glass of sweet tea. Waving at people who pass.

I love passing a field filed with rows and rows of freshly rolled hay.

I love that people ‘make a garden’ each year and share their abundance with people at work, church or their neighbors.

I love that we know our neighbors by name and watch out for one another.

I love seeing old barns filled with farm implements that are years and years old but are still being used today.

I love that nothing speaks louder to the Southern woman's heart than something that blooms, especially blue plumbago and hydrangeas…the epitome of the Southern garden.

I love that every good Southern girl can quote lines from “Gone With The Wind”, “Steel Magnolia” and “Talladega Nights”.

I love that we accept and love our crazy people.

I love we still ‘sit up with the dead’ in some parts.

Yes, I’m a lucky, lucky girl.

23 comments:

Candance said...

God, I love being a southerner.

I sent you a quote from "Gone with the Wind" just today. Were you thinking of it when you wrote that one part?

Trudy Callan said...

Found you on Follow Friday at Never Grow Old. I am also a southern belle

I am 45. I used to be a court stenographer. Have been a stay-at-home mom for the past 18 years. I have five children ages 22, 17, 9, 7 and 2, whom I homeschool. The oldest is finishing her last year of college. I am also a seamstress, artist, hula hooping mama and model wanna be. I will say that I have so much going on that my house would not make it in a magazine, but we're having fun, enjoying life and each other. My daughters also have their own blogs which are posted in my sidebar. The 17 year old has a fashion blog, and the 9 year old has a sewing and crafting blog.

Trudy
www.sewingwithtrudy.blogspot.com
www.artisticcreationswithtrudy.blogspot.com

Terry said...

I am following from Friday Follow Over 40.

Great blog!!! Love the name and have to laugh at the trying not to rust part.
Hope you stop by and see me soon. Terry

My Journey With Candida
http://myjourneywithcandida.blogspot.com/

Dee said...

all I have is a big hearty, AMEN!

Andrea (ace1028) said...

I'm a pseudo-Southerner, having been there only 4+ years, but I like it, anyway! I came across your link-up on Friday-Follow and had to say hi when I saw your blog name. You sound like my kinda' blogger! Looking forward to chatting sometime soon. Oh, regrettably, I'm not on a first-name basis with many of my neighbors. I think I just moved into the wrong 'hood. Tho I do love my area, etc. Ah, well. Ya win some. Ya lose some. ;)

Tawnya said...

You have truly made me yearn for the South. Being a Southerner up here North of the Mason-Dixon Line, I can say that there is A LOT of rudeness up here! My heart belongs in the South. Sigh

Kmama said...

Life in the south sounds like a movie to me. LOL I'm such a "northern" girl.

Aunt Crazy said...

LOVE.THIS.POST.SERIOUSLY!!!

Can't wait to see you tomorrow!!!

{Kimber} said...

nothing like living in the South for sure
Y'all :)

Southern Mitzi said...

I'm with you girl! There's nothing like being from the South!

Andrea said...

Oh girl, I love love love this post! It made me so happy to read each of your reasons why you love living in the good ole south!

I am Harriet said...

Stopping by to thank you for posting Friday-Follow.

Have a great Friday!
http://harrietandfriends.com/2010/08/friday-follow-me-please/

Small Town Girl said...

And bacon grease. I love that southerners put bacon grease in almost everything.

Lauren said...

Oh, I love all of it too!!

Marianne said...

I'm a new follower from Friday Follow! I'm in the north and I wish we had some of that wonderful southern charm up here! I guess I'll have to make do with hearing about it from you!
Lucy's Human
http://lucyshuman.blogspot.com/

Robin said...

I grew up in the north, but I moved to Savannah in 1992. I remember the first time someone said "Yes Ma'am" to me. I was like, "That really isnt' necessary." It was an older gentleman and he looked at me like I was crazy. I suppose he walked out muttering about Yankees. I was just thinking that it made me feel OLD. In my mind you only said "Yes Ma'am" to your elders and I wasn't that old, so people should knock it off.

It took me a while to figure out that it was merely a sign of respect that was paid to anyone who was an adult. Then it didn't bother me nearly so much. My boyfriend was in the military at Fort Stewart and complained a lot. I said things like, "I wish they would cut that out. I am getting a complex." He had bigger problems than my getting "ma'amed" so it kind of went in one ear and out the other. LOL.

Now, when I am up north and I hear someone go "Yeah, whatever," I think, "How rude!"

Rachel said...

I'm from NY, (the epitome of rudeness, lol,) and I love NY and always will, but one thing I love about the South is holding the door!! And at work in the narrow part of the hallway, the men always step aside and let the women go first. At first I didn't like it, (I can hold my own damn door,) but now I have come to really like that little sign of respect. The South is slowly converting me... but I will always hate sweet tea :)

Traci said...

I love that we celebrate crazy, as well. Otherwise, I would be in some serious trouble. Yes, m'am, I would!

There is an award for you over at my place. I am celebrating all my new friends -- an you Southern Lady -- are one of them!
http://38andgrowing.blogspot.com/2010/08/turning-page-part-2.html

:-)
Traci

Dee said...

Girl you know where I stand! Thank God I'm a Southern girl!!! 44 days boo! Yay!

Mr. Daddy said...

And I love that you love all these things....

cause that makes you who you are...

glad we (Rach and I) found you...

Carol said...

Love it! I'm following now. I'm just like you ...trying not to get rusty. Nice to find someone who thinks so much like I do about the South.

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

I love your love list!

Chrisy Bates said...

Hi! My first visit here. I too am proud to be a southern girl! So now I am going to get a glass of sweet iced tea and catch just up on your posts!.