- 6 years ago
- Wedding: November 2012
Fried Chicken and Honey Boo-Boo…. Both of which I secretly love.
Beautiful weather, fried food, and suspiciously nice people. Everyone is so friggin’ hospitable! Is that taught in school or something? Technically I was born in the south (FL) but it’s not the same as “The South”.
I grew up in Texas and moved to Missouri as a teenager. To me the South represents:
Home-family, comfort, etc.
Great food-country fried steak (mmm…not many places make it well in Missouri)
A big sky…weird, I know. The sky just always looks so much bigger in the South.
Whataburger! And almost more improtantly, their Fancy ketchup
Ya’ll, fixin’ to, thing but pronounces with an “a”
Lots of great associations!
Those cute little accents…but some times I am horrible and think of rednecks not all but I talk to enough people from the south every day to know that there are some same goes for us northerners though there are a few up here that ruin it for everyone else 😀
Having lived in Texas: 100 degree summers, y’all, football, sweet tea, barbeque, country music, heavy rainstorms, tornados, pecan pie, “my goodness,” calling everyone “honey,” horses, longhorns, university rivalries (OU vs UT, A&M vs UT, etc.), Dallas skyline, Austin, and a host of teenage memories.
Grits, greens, pecan pie, endearments, small towns, family-oriented, Christian….and shops at Walmart haha!
The south in general: BBQ, Country music, humidity, hurricanes, antebellum mansions, Old trees with spanish moss;”midnight in the garden of good and evil”; football; pick-ups; rich fried food – chicken and okra are two I like; porches with swings; segregation; snow-birds; southern manners and gentility (bless her heart) and good ‘ole hold-my-beer-and-watch-this boys;
I think of Texas separately from ‘the south’. That kind of sounds like a bit of that Texas pride attitude where everything is bigger in Texas. I swear I’m not from there. I would like to live there, but I couldn’t deal with the heat. Cowboys; cowboy hats; boots; gun racks; Alamo; hill country; Waco, Branch Davidian; Oil; Cattle ranches / longhorns; Tex-Mex food; Kennedy assassination;
Atlanta: coke; Cnn
It shouldn’t have surprised me, but New Orleans was an ‘older’ city than I’d imagined. Voodoo; cajun food; zydeco; bayous with snakes and alligators;
The beach… family, sweet tea, my auntie’s fried chicken, parades, family values, people that grow their own food, live off the land and off the grid, the beach, church on sundays, the river … the beach paddleboating, and GINORMOUS wildlife. Tons of acres for dog parks, the beach. oh and My happy arse hasn’t shoveled since I moved further south. The further south you go the more friendly people are, laid back, Military bases.
The only moonshine I had was actually some bathtub gin my Grampa made in the South Bronx in NYC … well it’s his recipe.
Ok, I just wanted to address some of them because they just made me lol, or whatever.
@starlitgirl: Sounds more like you have been watching Gone With The Wind. LOL! You would definitely find things like that in Charleston, Savannah and Hilton Head, and coastal NC.
@allyfally: Amen to the shoes! And actually, unless there is white stuff on the ground I wear flip flops all year. This winter has been about to kill me!
@adoc86: LOL at oil tycoons. You definitely got that opinion from TX because it is not like that over here in the southeast. And I wish we were all rich! LOL!
@JenGirl: You are right about being on the northern part of it! LOL! And I have heard that quite a few times from guys all over the country. Southern, northern, west coast and east coast.
@NauticalDisaster: Although it is at the southern most part of the country, FL is not really south. For the reasons you stated about snowbirds and many more. LOL!
@Bridey77: EWWW! Why don’t you just eat oatmeal? LOL! Don’t feel bad, my granny was every bit of a refined, southern lady, GA peach born and raised and she hated grits and sweet tea and didnt really eat fried chicken until she was in her 50’s or 60’s.
@Kwhoa: When someone talks about someone behind their backs it is excusable if they preface it with “bless their / his / her heart”. LOL!
@springbride23: No offense taken. If you live in the south and don’t know what people think of you then you are really dumb.
@eeniebeans: I can not stand shows like Honey Boo Boo. 1) Because they are the epitomy of what people think of southerns 2) shows like it and T&T and the whole Jon Benet thing is why people think pageants are a whole negative, awful thing. They actually can be very good for girls, they just have to be right ones.
@Aquaria: (FL) but it’s not the same as “The South”.
You are right about that!
As far as being taught it in school, no we are not. However, for most of us, the manners and respectfulness is ingrained from birth. Where people from the north think that saying things like mam and sir as disrespectful we start saying it to our babies from the time they are old enough to be told yes and no. It is the way to get them to say it when they are supposed to. Same for calling people Mr. or Mrs. Last Name as opposed to calling them by their first name. Even after I am told by someone to call them by their first name I really do not feel comfortable with it until I feel really close to them.
An example of it being ingrained so much, my dad would have never called my mom’s parents something like mom and dad but he rarely EVER called my granny just by her first name. And when speaking of her to others it was always “D’s mom or Mrs. M(first name)”. I get tired when someone tells my kid to call them by their first name or to not say mam or sir to them because that breaks a habit that I think they should be in. I also hate when someone I am talking on the phone with (I work in customer service) gets upset because I call them mam or sir and Mr. or Mrs. as this is something I was taught I HAVE to do. I am really proud when I go for a parent/ teacher confrence and am told how respectful my kids are.
@KatiePi: LOL at fixin to, apparently I say this a lot and people (who are not southerners) always say, “you’re fixing what?”
Actually, the sky only looks that big in TX and OK and it is because they do not have trees. Over here in SC we have huge pines and oaks and they cover the sky. I really didn’t get it until I lived near Austin for a little while.
Also, Whataburger really doesn’t come too far east. I think there are a few in OK and LA and I know there is 1 in Columbia, but other than that I didn’t see too many when we started getting outside of TX.
@lealorali: That photo is just hilarious and no matter how many of them I see posted on People Of Walmart .com I have NEVER, in all my life (and I have never lived outside of the south) seen some one in Walmart or any other store dressed like this or any of those other people. However, I believe in a larger city like Atlanta or Charlotte you may see people like this.
For all the women who said we were put together, come to my house at 6am when I am trying to get 3 kids up and ready for school. And for those who like our “cute little accents”, do you want mine?
Also, and this is solely the opinion of people I know in the south this is basically how we split it, FL (as stated before) is not south because there really aren’t many naturals there anymore. TX is like it’s own country and really anything above TN and VA is not too southern either. Never the less I am proud to be southern and to be born and raised. I have lived in several places in the south and I would never want to live anywhere else but.
So surprised only one person has said whiskey.
I lived in CHarlotte for a year and hated it sooooo much so I’ll keep my opinions of the South to myself. LOL
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