Friday, April 25, 2008

What it is to be "Suthern"

Someone sent this to me. I could relate to most all of it....

Southern women appreciate their natural assets:
Clean skin. A winning smile.That unforgettable Southern drawl.
Southern women know their manners:
"Yes, ma'am.""Yes, sir.""Why, no, Billy!"
Southern women have a distinct way with fond expressions :
"Y'all come back!""Well, bless your heart.""Drop by when you can.""How's your Momma?"
Southern women know their summer weather report:
Southern women know their vacation spots:
The beach The rivuh The crick
Southern women know the joys of June, July, and August:
Colorful hi-heel sandals Strapless sun dresses Iced sweet tea with mint
Southern women know everybody's first name:
Honey Darlin' Shugah
Southern women know the movies that speak to their hearts:
Fried Green Tomatoes Driving Miss Daisy Steel Magnolias Gone With The Wind
Southern women know their religions:
Baptist Methodist Football
Southern women know their country breakfasts:
Red-eye gravy Grits Eggs Country ham Mouth-watering homemade biscuits with momma's homemade jelly (talk to me...)
Southern women know their cities dripping with Southern charm:
Chawl'stn, S'vanah, Foat Wuth, N'awlins, Addlanna
Southern women know their elegant gentlemen:
Men in uniform. Men in tuxedos Rhett Butler
Southern girls know their prime real estate:
The Mall The Country Club The Beauty Salon
Southern girls know the 3 deadly sins:
Having bad hair and nails. Having bad manners, Cooking bad food
More Suthen-ism's:
Only a Southerner knows the difference between a hissie fit and a conniption fit, and that you don't "HAVE" them, you "PITCH" them.
Only a Southerner knows how many fish, collard greens, turnip greens, peas, beans, etc., make up "a mess."
Only a Southerner can show or point out to you the general direction of "yonder."
Only a Southerner knows exactly how long "directly" is, ... as in: "Going to town, be back directly."
Even Southern babies know that "Gimme some sugar" is not a request for the white, granular sweet substance that sits in a pretty little bowl in the middle of the table.
All Southerners know exa ctly when "by and by" is. They might not use the term, but they know the concept well.
Only a Southerner knows instinctively that the best gesture of solace for a neighbor who's got trouble is a plate of hot fried chicken and a big bowl of cold potato salad. If the neighbor's trouble is a real crisis, they also know to add a large banana puddin!
Only Southerners grow up knowing the difference between "right near" and "a right far piece." They also know that "just down the road" can be 1 mile or 20.
Only a Southerner, both knows and understands, the difference between a redneck, a good ol' boy, and po' white trash.
No true Southerner would ever assume that the car with the flashing turn signal is actually going to make a turn.
A Southerner knows that "fixin" can be used as a noun, a verb, or a n adverb.
Only Southerners make friends while standing in lines, . and when we're "in line," . we talk to everybody!
Put 100 Southerners in a room and half of them will discover they're related, even if only by marriage.
In the South, y'all is singular, all y'all is plural.
Southerners know grits come from corn and how to eat them.
Every Southerner knows tomatoes with eggs, bacon, grits, and coffee are perfectly wonderful; that red eye gravy is also a breakfast food; and that fried green tomatoes are not a breakfast food.
When you hear someone say, "Well, I caught myself lookin'," you know you are in the presence of a genuine Southerner!
Only true Southerners say "sweet tea" and "sweet milk." Sweet tea indicates the need for sugar and lots of it -- we do not like our tea unsweetened. "Sweet milk" means you don't want buttermilk.
And a true Southerner knows you don't scream obscenities at little old ladies who drive 30 MPH on the freeway. You just say,"Bless her heart".. and go your own way.
To those of you who are still a little embarrassed by your Southerness: Take two tent revivals and a dose of sausage gravy and call me in the morning. Bless your heart!
And to those of you who are still having a hard time understanding all this Southern stuff, . bless your hearts, I hear they are fixin' to have classes on Southernness as a second language!
And for those that are not from the South but have lived here for a long time, all y'all need a sign to hang on y'alls front porch that reads "I ain't from the South, but I got here as fast as I could."
Southern girls know men may come and go, but friends are fahevah!
If you're a Northern transplant, Bless your little heart, fake it. We know you got here as fast as you could.


Anonymous said...

Luv it!
My "mammy" used to say "Directly"
I thought that was the funniest thing I had ever heard-
Anyway, my Big Daddy has a secret life over in Louisianna right now- But he is headed your direction soon-
He is going to be managing MS, LA and AL for the insurance company that he works for- I'll tell him to come see ya! Then you can have both Big Daddies! Ha! They should start the Big Daddy blog!

Leigh said...

Drama, My cousin says, "Directly too". Funny...
Well, do tell your Big D to drop on by!
For years I have told mine, if there is a secrest family as you say there is....the secret is out, bring her home so she can give me a hand over here at our house. I could use the help.....
Safe Travels to yours. Have a great weekend on the pond.