Being from the south is much more than a location, it’s a frame of mind. There are some things that only someone who was born and raised South of the Mississippi can truly understand. Here are just a few of them.
1. Bigger is better. Big hair, big hats and big trucks – in the Southern states bigger is almost always better!
2. Football. Football is a way of life, especially High School football. If you remember that show Friday Night Lights, it is sooo true. And we dress for football games. You won’t find true Southern girl wearing jeans to a football game -oh no. Skirts and dresses are more our style.
3. Fried Food. We like to fry everything – fried bananas, fried shrimp, fried chicken, and especially hush puppies, which are the best!
4. Sweat Tea. The sweeter the better. To make sweet tea, bring 2 cups of water to a boil & add about 6 teabags. Let steep for about 15 minutes then stir in 3/4 cups of sugar until it’s dissolved. Add 6 cups of cold water, chill until cold & serve. BTW – that’s about 1.5 Tablespoons of sugar per glass!
5. The Southern Phrases. “I’m fixin‘ to make me an egg”…”You’re a peach” …”Ain’t she precious?”…”I reckon“…”bless your heart”…and calling our parents “Mama and Daddy“.
6. Southern Charm. Our men open car doors and pull out our chairs for us. This is one thing we do pretty darn good in the South – we have manners. Many a southern man has swept a Northern girl off her feet with his simple southern charms.
7. Humidity. The Northern folk may think we’re putting on airs in our fancy dresses & fans, but truth be told – we’re really just trying to stay cool! Between the heat & humidity, you’ve got to pull out all the stops to cool down.
8. Favorite Foods. Cornbread, biscuits and gravy, turkey dressing (not stuffing!), peach cobbler, grits, collard greens, fried okra, jambalaya and jumbo, and of course the best chocolate cake!
9. Moonshine. Some call it white lightening or “hooch”, but Moonshine is a kind of home-made whiskey our grandfathers make from corn, sugar, yeast, and water. While not the smoothest of liquors, it’ll do the trick on a warm southern night!
10. Southern Hospitality. In the South, we like to make everyone feel welcome. If you’re coming to visit, we’ll make you a meal. Our children will call you Sir or Ma’am and our men will stand when you enter the room. This is one tradition that will never go out of style.
Y’all come back now, ya hear?