I’m from the DEEP SOUTH...and proud of it. TV and movies sometimes portray us Southern folk as unsophisticated rednecks or mountain hillbillies, yet some of the smartest, most talented, most interesting, and most notorious people in this U.S. of A. hail from the SOUTH...just take a gander at this website: 100 SOUTHERNERS
Us Southern ladies are often thought to be shallow and have a bigger chest size than the size of our brains. But truth be told, Southern gals are some of the sweetest and politest women you will ever meet...cause our mamas would have nothing less and they knew where the best "switch bushes" were!
We “sweet thangs” that live in the Dixieland know a few things that we have learned from our female ancestors through the generations that I thought I’d share with you. Now you don’t have to agree with any or all of these, but I guarantee you that if you survey 100 of us you’ll find a very high percentage will say: Yessireebob...they are the gospel truth!
THINGS SOUTHERN GIRLS KNOW:
*PEARLS should be a staple in every lady’s wardrobe. It would be nice to have the “real thing”, but a nice, respectable string of fake ones is forgiveable.
*Other wardrobe “must haves” include a classic white shirt/blouse, something gingham, and a nice pair of white pants. High quality will allow you to wear these classics for years, but if they can’t be afforded, thrift and consignment stores can be an option. (Note: many of us Southern fashionistas haven't yet bought into the idea of wearing white pants or shoes all year long...some habits are hard to break!)
*MONOGRAMS are considered a “Southern thang” and a few items (purse, handbag, suitcase) are definitely fun, BUT!!!! Everything you own doesn’t have to have your initials splayed across the front...make that “shouldn’t have"! (No matter what Southern gal Reese says.)
*Every Southern cook (and there are many of us good ones) must have a nice DEVILED EGG DISH. You simply can’t have a decent picnic, family reunion, or church homecoming meal without deviled eggs...and displaying them in a sectioned egg dish just adds to their deliciousness.
*And speaking of a tea pitcher...ALL us Southerners know summertime means SWEET TEA (with real sugar)...or a tall glass of homemade lemonade can work if you don't have the tea.
Note: drinking either from a Mason Jar is just fine!
*An intelligent Southern lady
knows that when you aren’t sure of exactly the right thing to say in any given
situation, you simply say,
“Well, bless your heart.” Who doesn’t want their hearts to be blessed???
*Any respectable Southern lady does NOT wear “white” to a wedding unless she is the BRIDE. This is a definite NO-NO...and if you forget, believe me, you will figure it out when everyone is giving you the evil eye.
*A well-brought up Southern child, especially of the female persuasion, will have lovely manners. "Yes mam, No mam, Yes sir, No sir, please and thank you" are some of the first words expected to be uttered by Southern infants.
*Southern folk love God, family, and country...in that order. And when a Southerner is your true friend, you couldn’t be more blessed.
*And just one more (pet peeve here)...just because we are born in the SOUTH and might be of the Caucasian race, does NOT mean we feel privileged and does NOT mean we have no respect for anyone that is different. (Some of my neighbors and dearest friends have different color skin from me, but I know we all bleed red!)
There’s lots more I could add, but I won’t go on and on...which we Southerners can do...oh, how we love to carry on a good conversation. (In other words, a lot of us can talk the horns off a billy goat!)
Now for those of you who are from the North, please know that there are things just as special about y’all...but since I have never lived up North I can’t rightly attest to what they all are. However, something I do know is that God made us all and that makes us all pretty special.
And for those of you from the South, as I said earlier...you might not agree with everything I’ve said but you gotta admit some of these made you smile:) Bless your hearts!