Southern Women

Jules —  May 18, 2006

After spending a few days in the good ole South, I really appreciated this cute e-mail my Aunt Kathryn sent me. I dedicate this to the women in my family with a southern drawl! Actually, I think I’ll dedicate this to all the ladies who love the South.

Southern women appreciate their natural assets:
Soft skin
An easy smile
That unforgettable Southern drawl

Southern women know their manners:
“Yes, ma’am.”
“Yes, sir.”
“Don’t you DARE…”

Southern women have a distinct way with fond expressions:
“Y’all come back, soon!”
“Well, bless your heart.”
“Call when you can.”
“Can I get you a glass of tea?”

Southern women know their summer weather report:

Southern women know their vacation spots:
The beach
Shopping at the beach

Southern women know the joys of June, July, and August:
Summer tans
Strapless sun dresses
Air conditioning

Southern women know everybody’s first name:

Southern women know the movies that speak to their hearts:
Fried Green Tomatoes
Driving Miss Daisy
Steel Magnolias
Gone With The Wind

Southern women know their religions:

Southern women know their country breakfasts:
Red-eye gravy & Country ham
Mouth-watering biscuits with momma’s homemade jelly

Southern women know their cities dripping with Southern charm:
Charleston (Chawl’stn)
Savannah (S’vanah)
New Orleans (N’orlins)
Atlanta (Addlanna)

Southern women know their elegant gentlemen:
Men in uniform or tuxedos
Men who open doors for women
Rhett Butler, of course!

Southern girls know their prime real estate:
The Mall
The Country Club
The Beauty Salon

Southern girls know the four deadly sins:
Having bad hair and nails
Having bad manners
Cooking bad food
Wearing too much makeup

Southern girls know, men may come and go, but their
girlfriends last fahevah!

On May 11th my two oldest girls and I went to our church’s Mother/Daughter banquet. It was such fun! James took our pic before we left. I thought I’d post a pic of my Belles.

“In the South, the breeze blows softer…neighbors are friendlier, nosier, and more talkative. (By contrast with the Yankee, the Southerner never uses one word when ten or twenty will do)…This is a different place. Our way of thinking is different, as are our ways of seeing, laughing, singing, eating, meeting and parting. Our walk is different, as the old song goes, our talk and our names. Nothing about us is quite the same as in the country to the north and west. What we carry in our memories is different too, and that may explain everything else.”

–Charles Kuralt in “Southerners: Portrait of a People”



65 responses to Southern Women

  1. I think everybody got up, ran to wherever, before taking off, back to Kelli’s. While staying with Kelli, it did not cross our minds to include Tara and Heather. I hope as far as my part goes, that they do not feel we tried to leave them out of anything. I know none of us did it on purpose. We love them too. I’m sorry :(

  2. I enjoyed visiting with Tara and Heather. I didn’t get in as much visiting as I would of liked to. I hope I get to see them again sooner than later.

    We decided at the last minute to attend church with Grandma and the gang. The hotel was right across the street. We were really glad we went.


  4. Linda and Butch, I was extremely impressed that Heather even attempted such a trip as this one. It is very hard to be around people that love you sometimes. I know for myself, they are the most important people to me, so I want them to see me at my best with no flaws cause I want them to continue loving me. Although that is all in my head and God knows you all love me no matter what, I think she may feel this way too, so I saw her as brave.
    She is sick, so it may help to visualize her in a critical condition setting, with her head wrapped up in alot of gauze as if she has a head injury. If she were laying in a bed in ICU, you maybe wouldn’t expect so much from her and be able to see her as the sick person that she is.
    I am a very sensitive person, so I have had to do alot of meditation on seeing my chest, brain and soul as rubber, so when hurtful words are thrust at me, they just bounce off and are not internalized. Even going back over conversations after the fact are dangerous for me, cause I can get hurt or angry by picking words to death. I have had to work very hard at giving things to God and not “playing” with situations in my head.
    This has provided me with much peace, as I deal with a lot of crazy people (humans) on a daily basis. Yes, I sometimes have to giggle at them as I see them with their gauze wrapped around their heads just spouting off wacko stuff from their mouths, this includes patients, fellow nurses or even my family!

  5. Marilyn,don’t feel bad because I got caught spying on these agents and I didn’t figure any of it out. :banghead :banghead :banghead They got wise to me but they probably knew that my brain wasn’t going to figure it out. :rotfl :rotfl :rotfl

  6. So, Trish, as your older sister, I’ve probably said plenty of hurtful things over the years. Do you permanently picture me with a bandage around my head AND a full body cast?! :rotfl

    Seriously I DO agree with you, though. And I must agree, I was real proud of Heather for making the trip. She’s been here at Thanksgiving so she knew she was in for a house full of noise and chaos. Plus she’s been having all those back problems. The back problems alone probably would have made me beg off of a 9 hour drive in the car with 2 kids. :banghead

    Love you guys–hope you had a good weekend. I think our spy had to work her plain clothes job this weekend–she’ll probably be checking in later. Over and out.

  7. I just got done reading your blog Trish.I also read everybody elses.Everything is going to be just fine because the family that prays together stays together. :worship :worship :worship.I am talking about our whole family circle that got together on Mother’s day week-end.Nobody did anything wrong .Y’all as they say in the south responded to our problems with a lot of good advice and everybody showed how much you really care not just for my family but also for everybody elses family.As the song goes “We Are Family” :band :band :band

  8. Marilyn,That blog about the agents should have said Uncle Butch I forgot to change it. :banghead :banghead :banghead

  9. I wonder what is going on. Are we in for a suprise? I am so confused.

  10. Alert all covert agents ,I am back from my very danderous and frustrating mission. I did accomplish my mission, all crazy, demanding and psycotic pt.s are still alive and breathing, despite me.o.k. guys all this spying thing started when Jules,Trish, Deb,Larry, Nita, and I went yard saleling Fri. We passed some prisoners working on the side of the road, Jules was fasinated by their garb. they wore black and white stripped outfits, Jules tried very hard with my help to get pics. of them, despite Trish’s protesting.We never could get a good pic., THEN THE OTHER DAY i LOOKED OUT OUR WINDOW,and guess what I seen , the chain gang as we called them was out on our rode picking up trash and I got several pics. to send to Jules. I then got on the blog with an ALERT ,ALERT for Jules that I got pics. of them, then Deb , Jules and I STARTED THIS SECRET stuff , just actin silly . Now you know the rest of the story. story. :rotfl :rotfl :p Linda, Butch Im so glad to see ya’ll back with us and shareing your burden with all of us , don’t you know thats what family and friends are for also? It always helps me to share my worries.I’ve been worried about ya’ll , please stay strong, we all need you too, I know I don’t say it enough but you’ve been such a help and blessing to me, I know I can rely on ya’ll always. I too felt so bad and lazy that we did’nt get our butts up and meet you all at church Mothers Day, Im such a poop head, poop,poop poop. :banghead Linda , Butch I don’t think the secret enemy covert agents are on to you yet ,but you must stay ALERT at all times,and be sure to use your secret decoder ring when communicating with any of your fellow covert agents. This is special covert agent 007. this message will also self destruct in 5 mins. over and out . Oh yeh, later lovey’s. 😀 😀 :band

  11. Gosh, do I spout off wacko stuff? I’m probably in a full body cast too. :cry

  12. I was talking mainly about Chris and the kids saying wacko stuff, it’s not all about ya’ll. hehe

    I only started protesting about the prisoners picture when we crossed the line to stalking the prisoners and the guard was watching us very closely. He probably thought we were going to pick up one of the stripped guys and help set him free. I could just see us all in jail on grandma’s mothers day weekend for a stupid picture.

  13. Oh…Trish..You used the “s” word. You’re in T-R-O-U-B-L-E!!!! (whispered–she used the word…”stupid!”) :eek :rotfl

  14. Phew!!!!! I feel better now!!!! :rolleyes

    Yea, that would be bad to be in Jail on Mothers day!! :eek

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