I am sure most of you are familiar with Jeff Foxworthy's You Might Be a Redneck if jokes. Of course many assume that all Southerners are Rednecks. However they would be wrong. A recent conversation with my aunt about funeral homes led me to write this post.
You might be a Southerner if...
1. You have your local funeral home website bookmarked on your computer. You need to know when to take a cake or casserole to the bereaved family. And heaven forbid if you miss a visitation. I was telling my Aunt Joyce that I had Peeples Funeral Home bookmarked on my computer so I could keep up with deaths in my home town. Well Aunt Joyce informed me that you can sign up for an email alert when a new obit is posted. Who knew? When I was a little girl and I sat down to my gravy and biscuits every morning, the radio was tuned to the Dalton radio station that aired the local funeral notices. It starts early here in the south, our preoccupation with death! It might explain all those famous Southern authors.
2. You love Gravy and Biscuits. ( See above) And those biscuits are not out of a can but lovingly made with White Lily flour by the hands of a good Southern Woman.
3.You think Bless your heart is the perfect come back when you do not know what to say. It can be sympathetic or smart alecky( another southernism). Take your pick.
4.Your first chore on moving into a new home is locating your Tornado Closet. I am not joking, we really do look for our safe room! Now days many new homes have a reinforced storage room for the residents to run to for safety. My aunt and two cousins had their house explode around them in the tornado outbreak of April 3, 1974. All three got out with minor injuries and for this we truly thanked God. One day while I was walking in my neighborhood, a neighbor who I met for the first time, showed me his tornado shelter in his garage. It is a Big Thing in tornado alley.
5.You push a BUGGY at the grocery store, you MASH the elevator button and you are always FIXIN to do something. Another favorite word of mine is DRECKLY....what in the world you are thinking?? Well when I was a little girl and I would ask my mother when we were going to do something, she would reply, "Dreckly" I was practically an adult before I realized it was DIRECTLY. Another old Southern word that is dying out for lack of use these days. And maybe it is just an Appalachian word. You will hear many old English expressions in the hills of North Georgia, East Tennessee and Virginia.
I will post my last five Southernisms tomorrow. I think it is very interesting how each section of our country has its own sayings and customs. When I lived in Louisville, Kentucky I always laughed when my Kentucky friends said Earn for Iron. As in, " I better go now, I've got to go home and Earn." Of course now the funny thing about that saying is that you would think you need to Earn!!