Monday, August 30, 2010

Where I Come From

In the South, we were raised to treat others with respect. My Mama raised me to say "Yes and No. please and thank you." Not huh. That is so disrespectful.

People plan their schedules around football season. (I'm one of the rare people who doesn't like football, though).

Guys (and girls) go muddin' Yes, that's how it's said. You would be slapped if you said mudding. That just wouldn't be right. Muddin' is where a group of people take their trucks and get them so dirty, you won't even recognize them or their vehicle when they come back. Sometimes, they wait to wash them because they know it will just get dirty again.

We find any excuse to eat. Some people even make up reasons. For example, a job promotion calls for a dinner. If a friend comes over, it's impolite not to ask them to stay for dinner. Any holiday is a given. Every Sunday is marked off as a family dinner with all the fixin's. Fixin's is just a word that means all kinds of side dishes: Baked beans, macaroni and cheese, potato salad, green beans, etc.

Tea is our drink of choice. I prefer mine sweetened, please. Some don't, but I don't think there is any other way to drink it.

We do have phrases that most people don't understand. For example, we say, that child is a mess!" We mean she is mischievous, not unclean.

Some people say, "He/She is a pistol!" This just means the child is very rambunctious.

Bless you (or bless her heart) is another common phrase.

My Grandaddy used to say, "I'm going to cloud up and rain on you!" if we did something we weren't supposed to do.

We say y'all. It's part of our vocabulary. I have family from up North who say you'uns instead of y'all so different places say different things. That's what makes the world go 'round!

"I declare!" is something that both of my grandmothers have said when something has taken them by surprise.

Daddgumit! is something people say when they are frustrated.

Grits are something some Northern people know nothing about. Grits are commonly ate at breakfast (but are sometimes served later in the day with shrimp). Some like them plain, while others prefer cheese. I love grits. If you haven't tried them, I encourage you to!

Hush puppies is another food that we love here in the South. Yep, they are fried bits of dough. They're commonly served with fish and a side of tartar sauce. If you don't know much about the South, we love fried foods. As I always say, everything in moderation, though.

Sweet potato souffle is a yummy dessert we enjoy here in the South.

I've shared a little about where I live. Now, it's your turn! What state/ country do you live in? What makes it unique? I can't wait to read your responses! I'll randomly pick 10 comments (if I have that many) and spotlight them in a post!


Amanda said...

Awww!! Bless your heart!! Ha! My best friend is originally from CT, and she flipped out the first time I made sweet tea. It was like I was serving her some foreign dish complete with calf brains! HA! She loved it though!!