Only a Southerner grows up knowing the difference between “right near” and “a right far piece”. They also know that “just down the road” can be one mile or 20.
All southerners know exactly when “by and by” is. They might not use the term, but they know the concept well. Even southern babies know that “gimme some sugar” is not a request for the white, granular sweet substance that sits in a pretty bowl in the middle of the table. Put 100 southerners in a room and half of them will discover they’re related, even if only by marriage. Only southerners know exactly how long “directly” is; as in “going to town, be back directly”. Only a southerner knows how many fish, collard greens, turnip greens, peas, beans, ect. Make a mess.
Only a southerner can show or point out the general direction of “yonder”. Only a true southerner would ever assume that a car with a flashing turn signal is actually going to make a turn. When you hear someone say, “well, I caught myself looking”, you know you are in the presence of a genuine southerner.
Southerners know that grits come from corn and how to eat them. Every true southerner says “sweet tea” and “sweet milk”. Sweet tea indicates the need for sugar, and lots of it. Sweet Milk means you don’t want buttermilk.
Southerners never refer to one person as “y’all”.
Every southerner knows tomatoes with eggs, bacon, grits, and coffee are perfectly wonderful, that gravy is also a breakfast food, and that fried green tomatoes are not a breakfast food. Only a southerner knows the difference between a “hissy fit” and a “conniption fit”; and that you don’t “have” them, you “pitch” them.
My thought for today; author unknown. This sure brings back a lot of memories.
Grandma’s Apron the principle use of grandma’s apron was to protect the dress underneath, but along with that it served as a holder for removing hot pans from the oven. It was wonderful for drying children’s tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears. From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fuzzy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven. When company came those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids; and when the weather was cold grandma wrapped it around her arms. Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over a hot wooden stove. Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen with that apron. From the garden it carried all sorts of vegetables. After peas had been shelled it carried out the hulls. In the fall the apron was used to bring apples that had fallen from the trees. When unexpected company drove up the lane, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could duct just in a matter of seconds.
When supper was ready grandma walked out on the back porch and waved her apron, everyone knew it was time to come in from their chores and eat. It will be a long time before invents something that replaces an old time apron that served so many purposes.