Thursday, May 12, 2011
10 Things I Miss About the South
It's a hot one today in Chicago and I had a hankering for a cold, crisp glass of iced tea. That ended in failure:
But, it got me thinking about how my mama always has a pitcher of sweet iced tea in the fridge (and a stand by steeping on the counter) , in addition to "whatever kinda Cokes y'all want" and lemonade. And so, it got me missing home a little bit. Here's 10 reasons why.
10) Talking in lines and general camaraderie. Hey, how are you?
9) People asking "round about my family". They're fine. Daddy's back's been acting up - but he still shot a 72 at the club on Toosdee. Mama's good, has a new recipe for blueberry lemon squares. Sissy is still good, her garden looks better than the Biltmore's.
8) Upon entry to any southern home being invited to "fixyuhaplate" from a constantly tended buffet of southern delicacies such as calabash shrimp, corn muffins and cheese straws (my favorite kind is from A Southern Season).
7) Lilly Pulitzer capri pants and obnoxiously cheery and bright textiles to cover you, your family, your dog, your baby, your couch and your porch swing.
6) Enjoying the front porch and waving at neighbors from afar. (Because they live "over there" not upstairs.)
5) Complaining about the heat (not the snow/smog).
4) Acting interested and charmed when handsome fellas called Chip and Trey start debating about SEC vs. ACC football tailgates.
The Grove at Ole Miss is my favorite.
3) Wearing a sweater to the grocery store cause the Harry Peter's frozen foods aisle will freeze your daggone arms off. (Apparently in Charleston it's also a great place to pick up if you're not properly took jus' yet: read.)
2) Sitting on towels in your leather interiored convertible so you don't blister the backs of your legs.
1) All y'all other southerners.
Y'all take care now. Tell your mama hi for me.