Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Southernisms

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Growing up in Eastern North Carolina, I've often taken for granted what it means to be southern. Of course, there are so many interpretations of the matter, but I pride myself on being a North Carolinian and a Southerner. One thing that I really love is the idea of tradition, and how much that resonates here. I went to an all-girls college where tradition lies at the heart of it, and I so enjoyed living in the epitome of a Southern place. Winston Churchill wrote, "The most beautiful voice in the world is that of an educated Southern woman." I find that highly complimentary -- and love many things about living in the South. 

"Southern women are extremely good at getting what they want." -- Virginia Williams

The higher the hair, the closer to Jesus. 

Handwritten notes will never be old-fashioned. 

Football games and tailgates are more or less a fashion show. 

Someone's heart will always be blessed. 

The South is home to great literature. 

Living spaces are never confined to just the indoors.

Mason jars make perfectly good sweet tea glasses, or cocktail glasses, or flower vases, for that matter.

Speaking of Southern cocktails, it's hard to beat them. Whiskey Sour, anyone?

There's not much better than a large spread of Southern cooking. 

Manners should be second-nature, and a yes ma'am and no sir certainly never hurt anyone.

There are festivals celebrating flowers -- the North Carolina Azalea Festival is my all time favorite. Cue the Azalea Belles (think Scarlett O'Hara), big hats, and mint juleps.

A monogram is appropriate for a woman of any age. 

There will always be those Southernisms like "heavens to Betsy" or "Lord have mercy."

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19 comments

  1. I adore this....all of this. We had cute Southern sayings and printables all around our wedding venue framed. These are some of the best! :)

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  2. LOVE this post! So refreshing! After growing up in the South & moving North (for work - yuck!) I can't wait to move back to those traditions. It's just a different way of life & I miss it so much! Thanks for the sweet reminders! And thanks for linking-up with us today! Happy Tuesday Tea, friend!

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  3. Love this. We are from the Midwest but if it weren't for our family, we would head South without a second thought!

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  4. Ahh, love that! SO TRUE! I just love living in NC :)

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  5. The love letter! Even though I'm from Virginia, I am head over heels for NC!

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  6. Just pinned that love letter to NC. LOVE IT! :)
    My mum-in-law thinks it is so pleasant and sweet that I always say "yes ma'am" and "no ma'am"...not something they hear often in England. She just loves the way it sounds! :)
    xx

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  7. This is perfect!! Growing up in Florida, I don't think we're considered "southern" per se...but I went to an SEC school and there is nothing like football saturday's!! Being in the north now...I full appreciate EVERYTHING the south has to offer!! I really think my husband wants to move to NC or SC...especially after this winter haha!

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  8. YES!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!!! I am pinning that too (like Elise is ;))! Oh my LORD this makes me long for home! Xx.

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  9. AH thank you so much for this post, I can't get over the "The higher the hair, the closer to Jesus." quote... so perfect (AND TRUE!) Thanks for joining us too, happy Tuesday! xo

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  10. This post definitely hit home to me ... as I am an Eastern NC gal too!! I absolutely love everything about this post!! :)

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  11. Zelle, I love this! I'm a southern transplant (from Buffalo NY) but I even find these to be true for me, and I'm not born and bred here! Love this! Thank you so much for linking up with us today! xoxoxo

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  12. Beautifully written and so true about the life as a Carolina Girl! The Azalea Festival is one of my favorite things about Wilmington and the NC coast :-)

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  13. I'm a Northerner but I love this! I vacation in South Carolina every year and love it...it's such a slower paced life. I could use that more than once a year! Found you through the link up...glad I did!

    Anne
    www.lovethehereandnow.com

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  14. This is an adorable post! I'm a born and bred Northerner, but I spent some time in NC working at a youth camp and LOVED it! NC (and camp) will always hold a special place in my heart as well as some of the phrases that come out of my mouth... "Bless your heart" being at the forefront, followed closely by Caroline BBQ!

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  15. I grew up in south Florida, where it's a mixture of southern and island, and it took me over 20 years to fully appreciate the parts of 'being southern' that I got to grow up with and hold onto. Now-a-days, I fully embrace every silly saying, every y'all that flies my mouth, and every song about summers by the ocean. Reading this touched my heart. I'm so glad to see love in other people, the way I feel as well.

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  16. Being a Southerner is certainly a privilege! Love all of this, especially the Churchill quote!

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