Saturday, August 06, 2011

Saying Good-bye to The South

Last night Mr. K and I went out with a few friends for supper and it got me to thinking about our move. Actually, we hardly do anything these days without me thinking about our move, but a few outings have made me think about the things that I will miss about living in The South. Despite my complaints of inaccessibility and other things, certain parts of The South are charming. So, here is, in no particular order, a list of things that I will miss about living in South Carolina.
1. Sweet Tea: there's nothing like it and there's no way to really describe it, but that it's sweet and tastes fantastic on a hot day-and since it's nearly always hot in The South, it is an appropriate drink.
2. How a grown woman will still call her father "daddy" and the grown men call every strange woman "ma'am" as he holds the door open for her.
3. The locus singing at night. The South have some scary bugs, but some of them sing so nicely when it's hot outside-it's very comforting.
4. The food: you get so much of it and nine times out of ten it is so delicious you can't stop eating.
5. The smell of the air at night, just after the sun has gone down. It's weird; I can't really explain it, but it's sort of sweet. You'd think living in such a car dependent city that everything would stink of pollution, but it doesn't.
6. A particular kind of Southern accent: the deeper into the state you go, the prettier the accent is. When we had our tour of the historical house last weekend, our tour guide's accent was quite enjoyable. One of our friend's grandpa's the same-when they talk, it's what you think the old guy sitting on his front porch, enjoying the sunset in the South should sound like. If that makes sense at all. :)
7. All of the different birds that live down here. Half of them I couldn't tell you what they were by their song, but others are common up North as well like the Blue Jay or the Mourning Dove. It's just so interesting to me that so many different species can live in the same geographical location and yet still thrive in a completely different environment elsewhere.
8. The history: everywhere you go, there is something historical that happened there. That said, I am moving to a  place that is even richer in history since it is way older. But, it's a different kind of history and it is very interesting.
9. The little expressions that make it The South. I.E., "cut it on;" this means to turn something on like the car or AC. "Cut it off;" obviously means to shut the object off. "Up in;" in reference to something being in somewhere. Basically, I hear
"there's a dog up in the mall."
Of course you can't escape "ya'll." Mr. K has even started saying it. And many, many other phrases that are unique to the South-or at least I think they are because I am from Canada and don't know any better. :)
10. The strength of the people here. It's more of a feeling you get than any one experience you can point out, but any population who can live in 100 D.G F weather for three months and still smile are "some dang strong" people if you ask me. :)


pattib said...

Very sweet (pun intended!) post!

Your list reminded me of my run with FLD Gus this morning, down our country road, doing a bit of nostalgic thinking about our now-gone city home. How I often found nature even there.

That said, I wouldn't trade this country life for now, something about it is freeing and comforting all at the same time. We had a fly-fisherman tell us (about the AuSable River) "It washes the poison out of you."

It will be fun to read your list from your new home!

Amber DaWeenie said...

Being born and raised in Michigan, I can certainly say that the south is different. But when it comes to Florida, you can't get much more south than that, but the people here are more like those we knew in Michigan. We don't know very many true Floridians...born and raised.

Jen said...

I want to go there now!
I'm sure your new home will have lots of great things too. The accent will definitely be very different!

ps. don't worry about only seeing that guest post you just commented on now. The person I wrote it for didn't even comment!

browndogcbr said...

Hi Y'all,

Oh the sweet smell in the air is Jasmine and in some areas mixed with honeysuckle. In the spring it is jasmine and wisteria. Wisteria grows wild and covers entire woods. Another thing blooming now is trumpet vine.

Many southerners can trace their roots back to where you are going, the UK, Scotland and Ireland.

For Amber, the South does not consider Florida a southern state. Although there are some born and raised Floridians...they are hard to find.

An for Jen, tell her she doesn't want to go to the south this time of year...Spring and autumn are the best times of year.

The best time to enjoy birds is also spring and fall when they are migrating from northern nesting grounds. I actually prefer spring because they are so happily singing and claiming territory.

We'll miss y'all when you leave. Even though you are well west of the coast, we have enjoyed watching you discover some of the best of the South. Unfortunately, you also had to confront some of the worst.

We'll be eager to see Scotland through your observations.

BrownDog's Momma