Yesterday morning, a little after 6am, as I was driving into work watching the sunrise, I looked at the thermostat in my car. And shuddered.
Y’all, I am gonna be honest here: People slam the south all the time. Specifically, Alabama and Mississippi (and I totally get the Mississippi jokes, the only thing they have is casinos and Ole Miss). However many racist, stupid, and uncultured jokes you want to make, I still love it here. Yes, we are different. But here are a few reasons why I love the south.
Top 5 (of a million) reasons why living in the south is awesome
1. No snow: Let’s be honest here- I don’t do cold weather. More specifically, I hate the snow. Yes, everything shuts down when it snows here and all the grocery stores run out of milk and bread. Yes, it is always uncalled for. Yes, it is totally annoying. I hate putting on multiple layers to go outside just to take them all off when I go back inside. I hate being pale because I am unable to spend most of my days outside. I hate having snot run down my face when I am running and not knowing it until I look in the mirror because my face is too numb. Lucky for me, it doesn’t stay cold for that long here, making the south awesome.
2. Monogram everything: I have come to the realization that if you aren’t from here, you will never understand why we need to have our three initials on everything. And all I can tell you is that it’s been like that my whole life, and everything just looks cuter with a monogram. Throw it on a necklace, t-shirt, rain jacket, or bag. I love it all.
3. Our food is better: Notice I did not say “better FOR you.” Let’s face it- everything tastes better fried. Yes, the south is the reason America’s obesity rate is through the roof. But guys, we are fat and happy. (Just in case you were wondering, I did a little research, and we are happier. We have lower suicide rates than most of the country- especially the midwest). French fries, fried chicken, fried pickles, fried okra, fried onion, fried apples… the list goes on and on. We can make even the healthiest stuff unhealthy, slather it in ketchup, and eat it for every meal.
4. Southern hospitality: It blows my mind how it bothers people when southerners are nice. “Yes m’am” “No, m’am” “Please” and “Thank you.” These words and phrases are imbedded in our vocabulary and utilized without thought. It’s just the nice thing to do. In fact, we say everything nicer- even mean things. Don’t think for a second that when a southerner says “Bless your heart” that they actually mean it. But it’s just so dang sweet you can’t help but feel a little warm inside. Need a place to stay this weekend? “Don’t worry, hun, you can stay at my house.” And we mean it, too. We will even leave a mint on your pillow before you go to bed. But be warned: we expect a thank you note. ‘Cause that’s just using your manners.
5. Sweet tea.
What is your favorite thing about where you live?
Tea: sweet or unsweet?