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Anyway, it put me in the mind of the differences on how we live down here as compared to what it must be like to survive a winter/life " up there".
- We live in houses that you can kick a cat through the walls and get by with newspaper for insulation.It's only recently we have been dupped into having real houses with no front porches.
- City Southerners are usually from somewhere else, although I admit more than half the population of Georgia now live in the 6 county "Greater Atlanta" area. This means more room for us rural dwellers... less noise and light polution...hate it for them that thinks they got to go to town.
- In the South we eats "messes" and have a "bait" of something.
- Where else has every "Mama" got a husband named Nems...you got to go to Mama and Nem's for Sunday dinner.
- Vituals in the South means anything that moves...possum, racoon, crawdads, and sometimes we have to eat a little crow. Collards and Turnip Greens are ritualistic, as are sweet taters.
- Grits is Groceries is what I grew up hearing. My Daddy wouldn't eat grits...period. Fried Irish potatoes cut thin and , two eggs, toast and lots of bacon...that was a real breakfast for him. He didn't lose all his Pa. upbring, but sure as hell got rid of his snow shovel with a smile.
- Cornbred and sweetmilk on Sunday night is catch as catch can dinner.
- Children are generally refered to as Child, chillun', little heatherns, younguns, or Hey! We all looked when 'Hey" came out of and adult mouth. That meant we were usually doing something wrong, or fixin to.
- Yes, Ma'm and No Ma'm were expected...I never caught on to that one...or wearing a tie, either. you might catch someone over 50 in a tie at Church or at a funeral.
- Politics in the South are not the least relevant to everyday life. People argue, scream and take sides, but it really doesn't ammount to much...the original good ole boy system takes care of buiness in it's own way. Family name, family ties, what kin you are to the sheriff etc. usually grease the wheels.
- You can say anything about anyone if you preface it with Bless his.her/it's Heart. Example: Bless her little Heart, she can't help it is she's ugly as a mud fence, she DOES wear nice clothes and has a great personality...
- Generally, Southerns are good with animals. They have tons of dogs and cats, and they all eat what the rest of the family eats...just less of it.
- Dog and cat food , as a supplement usually is bought in it's in 50 lb tote sacks.
- In the South, you can tote something in a tote sack, or a poke. The trunk of a car is the boot.
- Nearly everyone in the South I know have had a couple of pet possums, coons, and squirrels, even the flying kind. Snakes are great , but Mama and Nem puts a damper on keeping them around the house...the barn, maybe.