I am a southern belle!!!!!
I have often been teased, made fun of and laughed at due to my southern slang and southern ways. So, I have decided that it is time to set the record straight. We southern women are not slow or stupid contrary to the way we are portrayed on TV. We are what you would call steel magnolias or southern belles. We are soft on the outside and tough as nails on the inside. We are passionate about our families, our football and our friends. We believe in the traditions of our grandparents, aunts, uncles, second cousins twice removed, and so on and so forth. We believe that tailgating parties, afternoon picnics, nights out with the girls, weddings, funerals, ballgames, dance recitals and any other occasion that comes along is a reason to show off our “culinary skills” and “southern bred manners”.
We live by the unwritten code that southern food, wine and a good old fashioned “hissy fit” will cure anything that ails us. We use what the Good Lord gave us to our full advantage to get the members of the opposite sex to do what we want, when we want it, and how we want it. We believe in the saying “use what your mama gave you” to the fullest extent of the law.
We say things like “bless her heart” and well “you know who her kinfolk are” when discussing another southern woman or transplant who obviously makes faux pas in southern etiquette. We believe that the whole world is one big happy family and we say “hello” and “how are ya” to perfect strangers in the grocery store, nail salon or hair salon. We believe in intervention when one of our fellow “magnolias” has a problem or needs to step down off her high horse. We enjoy the steamy weather and humidity, which gives us a chance to congregate out by the pool (once again to show off our culinary skills) and discuss anything that needs to be discussed at that time. We know just what our girlfriends need in times of sorrow, stress or pain without even having to ask. We know all about their families, children, kinfolk and anyone or anything that is important to our southern sisters. We can give you a family tree that can rival any other person’s in the world with a little embellishment to make the story a little more exciting.
We still stand for the pledge of allegiance with our hands over our hearts and do not look kindly upon those who do not. We are patriotic, flying our flags on Independence Day and Flag Day. We believe in the power of chicken and dressing, homemade cornbread, nana pudding and sweet tea!
So, for those of you who do not live in the south, come and down as see us ya hear! And remember one motto we live by “American by Birth, Southern by the Grace of God!