• Any Way You Slice It, Southern Ain’t Northern

    I ran away with Missy Jones recently, back to our roots in Alabama, and while we were inundated with southern hospitality (which is just good for the soul sometimes), Rickey sent me the following. It actually worked into the conversation well as I spoke with a distant relative who explained to me that Texas is Texas and can’t really be classified as anything else since we stand so firmly on our own here under the Lone Star.

    FLOWERSOf course, I understood completely what she meant, and yet our roots here in this state are very, very distinctively southern in so very many ways. We just happen to have the added bonus of western stubbornness added into our personalities here in Texas!


    Only a Southerner knows exactly how long “directly” is, as in: “Going to town, be back directly.”

    Even Southern babies know that “Gimme some sugar” is not a request for the white, granular, sweet substance that sits in a pretty little bowl in the middle of the table.

    All Southerners know exactly when “by and by” is. They might not use the term, but they know the concept well.

    Only a Southerner knows instinctively that the best gesture of solace for a neighbor who’s got trouble is a plate of hot fried chicken or a casserole and a big bowl of cold potato salad. If the neighbor’s trouble is a real crisis, they also know to add a large banana puddin’!

    Only Southerners grow up knowing the difference between “right near” and “a right far piece.” They also know that “just down the road” can be 1 mile or 20.

    A Southerner knows that “fixin” can be used as a noun, a verb, or an adverb.

    Only Southerners make friends while standing in lines… and when we’re “in line,” we talk to everybody!

    Put 100 Southerners in a room and half of them will discover they’re related, even if only by marriage.

    Every Southerner knows that tomatoes with eggs, bacon, grits, and coffee are perfectly wonderful, that red eye gravy is also a breakfast food, and that scrambled eggs just ain’t right without Tabasco.

    When you hear someone say, “Well, I caught myself lookin’,” you know you are in the presence of a genuine Southerner!

    Only true Southerners say “sweet tea” and “sweet milk.” Sweet tea indicates the need for sugar and lots of it — we do not like our tea unsweetened. “Sweet milk” means you don’t want buttermilk.

    There ain’t no magazine named “Northern Living” for good reason. There ain’t nobody interested in livin’ up North. After all, have you every heard of anyone retiring and moving up North?

    About Fredda Jones

    Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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