Southern women know their summer weather report:
Southern women know their vacation spots:
Southern women know every body's first name:
Southern women know the movies that speak to their hearts:
Fried Green Tomatoes
Driving Miss Daisy
Gone with the Wind
Southern women know their religions:
Southern women know their cities dripping with Southern charm:
Southern women know their elegant gentlemen:
Men in uniform
Men in tuxedos
Southern women know their prime real estate:
The Beauty Salon
Southern women know the three deadly sins:
Having bad hair and nails
Having bad manners
Cooking bad food
Only a Southerner knows the difference between a "hissie fit" and a "conniption fit", and that you don't "have" them, you "pitch" them.
Only a Southerner knows how many fish, collard greens, turnip greens, peas, beans, etc, make up "a mess".
Only a Southerner can show or point out to you the general direction of "yonder".
Only a Southern knows exactly how long "directly" is, as in: "Going to town, be back drekly (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 jester of solace for a neighbor who's got trouble is a plate of hot fried chicken 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.
Only a Southerner both knows and understand the difference between a redneck, a good ol' boy, and po' white trash.
No true Southerner would ever assume that the car with the flashing turn signal is actually going to make a turn.
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 are related, even if only by marriage.
In the South, "y'all" is singular, "all y'all" is plural.
Southerners know "grits" comes from corn and how to eat them.
Every Southerner knows tomatoes with eggs, bacon, grits, and coffee are perfectly wonderful; that red eye gravy is also a breakfast food, and that fried green tomatoes are not a breakfast food.
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.
A true Southern knows you don't scream obscenities at little old ladies who drive 30 mph on the freeway. You just say, "Bless her heart" and go on your own way.
To those of you who are still a little embarrassed by your Southerness: Take two tent revivals and a does of sausage gravy and call in the morning, bless your heart!
And to those of you are still having a hard time understanding all this Southern stuff, bless your hearts, I hear they are fixin' to have classes on Southerness as a second language!
And for those that are not from the South but have lived here for a long time, all y'all need a sign to hang on y'all's front porch that reads "I'm not from the South, but I got here as fast as I could!"
Southern women know men may come and go, but friends are fahevah!
Now Shugah, if you're a Northern transplant, bless your little heart, fake it. We know you got here as fast as you could.