Every true Southerner knows the difference
between a conniption fit and a hissie fit and that both are "pitched" not just "had"
Only a true Southerner knows instinctively
that the best gesture of solace for a neighbor who's got trouble is a platter of hot crispy fried chicken, homemade buttermilk
biscuits and a big bowl of cold potato salad.
(If the neighbor's trouble is of an extreme crisis, they are also known
to add a tall thin layer chocolate cake and hopefully a large banana puddin'!)
A true Southerner always has a pretty good
estimate of how many fish, turnip greens, collard greens or butter beans it takes to make a good mess, just like they know...
What the general direction of cattywumpus
That "gimme sugar" applies to everyone
from toddlers to the revered elderly and it does NOT mean pass the sugar bowl from the middle of the kitchen table
That if someone's "fixin" to do something,
they surely will
The distinct difference between Yankees
and Damn Yankees!
A good family dog is worth his weight in
A "right fer piece" is way over "yonder"
That a "redneck" has a will of iron and
a solid gold heart
You can't buy real gravy from a store
You don't shop with shopping carts; you
put your groceries in buggies
Tea is served SWEET and COLD from a tall
glass that is refilled FREELY until you've had your fill
Coffee can be served before the meal, during
the meal and after the meal from a bottomless cup with ample cream and sugar if desired.
"Y'all" means ALL of you all and requires
no addition of an " S " as it is plural already. ONE is NEVER called " Y'all "
A true Southener knows how good an ice
cold Pepsi and a Lance nab are and where they come from!
Rocking chairs on front porches and bench
swings in the back yard are guaranteed stress relievers
An elderly person in either of them is
a valued history lesson
Being called "dahlin" is not reserved for
romance but always expresses tenderness. You do NOT however wish to be called "dahl"
Southern Belles are also Steel Magnolias
and are always held in the highest esteem
Homemaking skills are an acquired art studied
and refined as they pass from grandmother, to mother, to daughter
God loves everyone, even the Yankees