I wish I had a dollar for every time I've said that over the past five months.
To say our move to the South has been a culture shock would be the understatement of the century.
It different here.
Okay, it's really different here. The music, the culture, the people. On numerous occasions I've found myself shocked, rolling on the floor laughing, and saying 'excuse me' for the 50th time (because I'm still trying to understand the southern drawl).
Sometimes I'm all three at once.
There are things that I love about it (like the butter, see below) and things I really don't like about it. But it's where we are, and where we feel we're supposed to be. So we just take one day at a time, trying to find the laughter in every situation.
Here are 10 things I've noticed about living in the south:
Top 10 signs of southern living
(1) Your local grocer only sells whole milk.
Yes, that's right whole milk. Cross-my-heart this happened to us our very first trip to the grocery store after our move. Talk about a scare. I feel like I have to eat whole milk with a spoon, might as well be ice cream. We drink the watery stuff around our house.
(2)Your next-door neighbor is a Coon Hunter's Association Lodge.
Okay they aren't right next door, but it's pretty close. I've put a sign in our yard warning the poor coon's.
(3) They serve grits with everything. You can even get them in a box.
(4) It's not a real meal without sweet tea. I wasn't a sweet tea drinker until I moved to these parts. I had no idea what I'd been missing. This stuff is like liquid heaven. My favorite way to drink sweet tea is what I've learned is called an Arnold Palmer, half tea + half lemonade. It's the best.
(5) Butter, Butter, and more Butter. I LOVE this part. One thing they aren't shy about in the south is the generous use of butter, in everything. Here is my ode to butter:
Can you actually believe I said something might not require butter. What was I thinking? Don't worry BB, I take it back....I take it back.
(6) Warning, Outsider Alert. One thing I have noticed here is the 'true southerners' are thicker than blood. It seems they can smell you (an outsider) from a mile away. I don't even have to speak. Maybe its my hair. Or I might have a tattoo on my forehead, visible only to the southerner eye. Hey, maybe that's what happened when I blacked out for a time during my DMV visit. That would explain a lot.
(7) Dessert is required. I LOVE LOVE this part. I can never get enough of the delicious cakes, brownies, and candy that always seem to be available after every meal here.
(8) Take your sweet time. I've quickly learned that 5 minutes here is really 15 minutes anywhere else. No one seems to be in a rush for anything. This
(9) Bojangles. Need I say more?
This is something I never got to experience back home. My absolute favorite grocery store, is no where to be found in our neck of the woods. But we've found solace in BJ's and the cheddar bo. It's an eastern North Carolina delicacy.
(10) Bless your heart. I've learned this is the southern "get out of jail free" card. There is even a section in the local newspaper called "Bless your heart." Here is the description:
This column is a must read for some good chuckles. Talk about sweet, smooth advice with a little bit of a sting!
Keep on laughin',