• This Is Our South And We Love It!

    I’m saying this is the South, and we’re proud of our crazy people. We don’t hide them up in the attic. We bring ‘em right down to the living room and show ‘em off. See, no one in the South ever asks if you have crazy people in your family. They just ask what side they’re on. -Julia Sugarbaker

    It’s Okay To Be Southern, Ya’ll

    RICK PERRYGeraldine Ferraro once made the claim on national television that only in the northeast could real genius be found. Remembering this recently, I began listening and watching the things going on around me here in the south even closer than I usually do.

    Of course, I already knew that if one is not very careful, his southern speech can often make him sound not much above an idiot, but I also resented the heck out of Ferraro’s assumption.

    So…I decided to try a little experiment on myself. One morning I decided to record my conversations just to see how many “southern” expressions I used on a given day. Before 10:00 that morning I had two sweethearts, three darlin’s, a bless your heart, and a couple of sweetie pies!

    For the next week I worked to clean it up, you know, be as dry and boring as a northerner! This worked fairly well until I needed to make a trip to a large department store. While there, an elderly gentlemen approached me.

    “Excuse me, I just wanted to tell you that I’ve been watching you shop and you’re wearing the cutest outfit I’ve ever seen.”

    Now at this point I could have said several things.

    “Thank you very much.”

    OR…

    “It’s so nice of you to say that.”

    OR….

    “Get your hand off of my shoulder.”

    But, did I say any of the above in my quest to appear as bright as those northeasterners? I did not. What did I say?

    “Why, Bless Your Heart!”

    The smile on the old man’s face told me I had said it just right, and Geraldine be danged!

    P.S. After I finished this article I heard a fellow Texan say something that made my southern jargon sound brilliant. When asked if he knew someone, the old rancher replied, “We’ve waved, but we ain’t howdy’d yet.”

    I’m pretty sure that is Texan for I know who he is, but we haven’t actually met yet!

    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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    One Response to This Is Our South And We Love It!

    1. Missy Jones says:

      Yes, regarding the “Texas Wave”. Yes, people do wave at you on the highway here in Texas. Advice that I gave for a new college student that will be attending school in far West texas. I told him that as he was driving the far west Texas highways, he might not see a gate in the fence for fifty miles, but when he met anyone on that highway, the man would raise his hand in a “Texas Wave”. And, yes, he is expected to return this. Hey, he may have car trouble and this old rancher, or it might be an oil field roughneck, would pull off of the highway to help him. It is the neighborly thing we do here.

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