Being born in a southern state and living in the south my entire life is a great feeling as I have reached retirement age. You see, as a southerner I can say I have many experiences about life that you get when you live in the south.
If you live in the south or you were brought up in the south you have learned a lot through life experiences, and most of what you have learned will make you a better person. How’s that you may ask? I am glad you asked that question, so let’s get started.
We learn from an early age to eat grits. In fact, grits with about anything is good. With butter, with salt, with eggs, with bacon. With sausage, with toast, with coffee, with sugar. Yes, we like our grits. Homemade biscuits, milk gravy, eggs, homemade jelly and jams, canned food…. YUMMY!
We may not get out and walk a lot, but we love our cars. Old cars, new cars, American made cars, we love them all. We fix them up and we fix them down. Sports cars, luxury cars, and vans.
Oh, we can’t forget the trucks. We really love our trucks. Big trucks, little trucks as long as it is a truck we are happy. Diesel or gas, big engines or 4 bangers, they all are good. 2×2 or 4×4, we love them all.
We love our greasy southern cooking. That is healthy eating for us. Fried chicken, fried fish, fried potatoes, fried veggies. French fries, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, backed potatoes with everything on them. Bacon burgers (3x extra bacon please). Pulled or chopped BBQ with homemade sauce, homemade slaw, onions. Catfish, crappie, brim… Are you hungry yet?
We love to hunt deer, squirrels, rabbits, quail, dove, just to name a few.
Big homes and no traffic with lots of farm lands. Small towns where everyone knows everyone. Summer evenings watching little league baseball games, cooking out, sitting on the porch talking with family or neighbors. Fall evenings watching our high school football games, drinking hot drinks, hollering until we can’t speak.
We go shopping and see people we know. Friends, relatives, coworkers. We stop and talk and share our life with each other. We laugh, we cry we share our emotions.
We take care of each other, starting with our families then our friends. Family and friends are important to us. We believe in each other and we believe in what we stand for.
Back to sitting on the porch, watching the lightning from distant thunderstorms. Feeling the cool breezes from the storms or from the coming autumn. The smell of the rain coming, sound of the rain drops hitting the leaves and the ground. The mist of the rain blowing through the porch.
We shout at our neighbors as they drive by or walk by. The kids play in the yard. We hang our clothes on a clothes line, mow our yards, turn our gardens, grown our vegetables. Raise our cattle, pigs, and chickens.
We love to shoot our guns and then buy more guns. Go to turkey shoots, shoot at outdoor ranges. Teach our children how to handle a gun safely. Watch them as they shoot the gun for the first time. Take our guns apart, clean them and then put them back together.
Swimming in the lakes and rivers. Fishing in the same lakes and rivers. Camping out, cooking on the camp fire. Outdoor showers and toilets when camping. Sleeping bags or no sleeping bags. Crystal clear skies to gander at the millions of stars that light up the sky. Clean and fresh air to breath. Waking up to a chill in the air, cranking the fire up to get warm and start cooking.
There are many other reasons being southern is a great way of life, but the best reason is we value love, traditions and country.
The Southern Shout Out has spoken, now it is your turn.