Being Southern

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 Southerner knows exactly how long "directly" is
-- as in: "Going to town, be back 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
gesture 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 understands, 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.
We don't do "queues," we do "lines"; and when we're
"in line," we talk to everybody!

Put 100 Southerners in a room and half of them will
discover they're related, even if only by marriage.

Southerners never refer to one person as "ya'll."

Southerners know grits come 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.

And a true Southerner 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 your own way.

To those of you who're still a little embarrassed by your Southerness:
Take two tent revivals and a dose of sausage gravy and call me in the morning.
Bless your heart!

And to those of you who are still having a hard time understanding all
this Southern stuff, bless your hearts, I hear they are fixin' to have
classes on Southernness as a second language!

And for those that are not from the South but have lived here for a
long time, ya'll need a sign to hang on ya'lls front porch that reads
"I aint from the South but I got here as fast as I could."