another southern thang (frighteningly true)
Thu, 5 Jan 2006 20:36:14 -0800
"Linda Page" <lindapage [at] earthlink.net>
The North has coffee houses,
The South has Waffle Houses
The North has dating services,
The South has family reunions.
The North has switchblade knives,
The South has Lee Press-on Nails
The North has double last names,
The South has double first names.
The North has Indy car races,
The South has stock car races.
The North has Cream of Wheat,
The South has grits.
The North has green salads,
The South has collard greens.
The North has lobsters,
The South has crawfish.
The North has the rust belt,
The South has the Bible Belt.
FOR NORTHERNERS MOVING SOUTH . . .
In the South: If you run your car into a ditch, don't panic. Four men in a
four-wheel drive pickup truck with a tow chain will be along shortly. Don't try
to help them, just stay out of their way. This is what they live for.
Don't be surprised to find movie rentals and bait in the same store....do not
buy food at this store.
Remember, "y'all" is singular, "all y'all" is plural, and "all y'all's" is
Get used to hearing "You ain't from round here, are ya?"
Save all manner of bacon grease. You will be instructed later on how to use it.
Don't be worried at not understanding what people are saying. They can't
understand you either. The first Southern statement to creep into a
transplanted Northerner's vocabulary is the adjective "big'ol," truck or
big'ol" boy. Most Northerners begin their Southern-influenced dialect this way.
All of them are in denial about it.
The proper pronunciation you learned in school is no longer proper.
Be advised that "He needed killin" is a valid defense here.
If you hear a Southerner exclaim, "Hey, y'all, watch this," you should stay out
of the way. These are likely to be the last words he'll ever say.
If there is the prediction of the slightest chance of even the smallest
accumulation of snow, your presence is required at the local grocery store. It
doesn't matter whether you need anything or not. You just have to go there.
Do not be surprised to find that 10-year olds own their own shotguns, they are
proficient marksmen, and their mammas taught them how to aim
In the South, we have found that the best way to grow a lush green lawn is to
pour gravel on it and call it a driveway.
AND REMEMBER: If you do settle in the South and bear children, don't think we
will accept them as Southerners. After all, if the cat had kittens in the oven,
we wouldn't call 'em biscuits.
Send this to four people that ain't related to you, and I reckon your life will
turn into a country music song 'fore you know it.
Your kin would get a kick out of it too!
"Our past is neither an accident nor a mistake.
We have been where we needed to be, with the necessary people.
We can embrace our history, with its pain, its imperfections, its mistakes,
even its tragedies.
It is uniquely ours; it was intended just for us.
Today, we are right where we need to be.
Our present circumstances are exactly as they need to be, for now...."
-- Melody Beattie, The Language of Letting Go
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