I am a beautiful, loud and proud true southern girl. I was blessed enough to be born, raised, and live in the beautiful temperate climate of the southern half of this country for all of my 30+ years of this life. I love it more than words could ever begin to express. I genuinely could not and would not ever live anywhere else.
Here are some easy (and fun) clues as to what makes me a true GRIT and darn proud of it…
- I can “chicken fry” any protein that you put in front of me. Hell, I could chicken fry a portabella mushroom if you are one of them there veg-i-tarians (and if you do not know what that means…heaven help you, you are missing out!)
- I say “Bless your heart”. Everyone isn’t perfect but it is more than okay to point that out without looking like a jerk about it as long you as you throw a “bless her heart” on the end of it. Because look, seriously, she just can’t help herself from being dumb as a box of rocks…bless her poor little heart.
- All southerners know that a perfectly good excuse to day drink is to have a BBQ. As long as something is smoking on the grill…it is not technically alcoholism. *hiccup*
- Speaking of Barbecues…all good southern women know that the key ingredient that goes into all of the fixin’s is -no other than the best- premium mayonnaise. No lie, a costco-sized-dear-lord-my-arteries-are-acting-up-again VAT of mayo. Sound gross? You have never had my potato salad, cole slaw, deviled eggs, or pasta salad, then. You have never lived, I promise you that.
- I say y’all–A LOT. Like, a sincerely ridiculous amount of times per day. I do not even know what you would say in place of it, either. You all? You guys? Lame. I have even been known to use it twice in one sentence…”Y’all want y’alls ____?” (Side note: Yes, spell check, I am aware that this is improper spelling and grammar. Mind your business)
- Even though I worked hard at getting rid of that deep east Texas accent when I lived in Florida and went to school (because people picked on me for it) all it takes is a couple of cocktails and I sound like Boomhauer from King of the Hill. You can take the girl out of the country but you just can’t take the county out of the girl, ya know man?
- I say “Yes, ma’am” and “No sir” no matter how old the person that I am addressing is. It is polite and the way that I was raised. I say it to everyone from toddlers to the elderly without fail whenever I am asked a question by someone. I have encountered people that are actually offended that I may be calling them “old”. Here and now, I just want to say, would you rather me be rude or would you rather stop being insecure about your age, bless your heart.
- I wave and smile to everyone. I open doors for others. I let people go ahead of me even when I am in a hurry. Because, why not? Everybody is having just as bad a day as you may be and the truth is…you could accidentally make theirs with such a simple kindness.
- I drive a big red truck. End of story.
- No matter what is going on around me…the minute that Friends in Low Places by Garth Brooks comes on…it’s karaoke o’clock, y’all!
I'm just living minute to minute, hour to hour, day to day.