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Saturday, April 30, 2005

A Southern Belle's Life ... 

The day has finally arrived . . . the day that everyone in the Southern Blog Ring is to share what it means to be Southern.     As our ring-owner Choctaw expressed so well . . .

The Southern Blogs Ring was created for all those bloggers who take pride in the rich heritage of their southernness:   the south side, south of France, south of the border, southpaws, South Bend, or just plain south of center.

As a true Southern Belle, no matter where I have suffered (I mean, lived) away from home, my heart has always resided in the Old South.     I was born in Florida (at an air force base - my Dad was finishing out his tour of duty), but we left when I was three months old to travel "home" to my parents' roots in Tennessee.     I grew up as an east-Tennessee gal, experiencing the heritage of the Old South, along with the rich history that surrounded our hometown.     In addition to being a Southern Belle, I also fit the categories of "southpaw," and definitely "just plain south of center."

The South means warm summer nights where the adults sit outside talking for hours in the twilight while the children chase fireflies.     The South means sudden thunderstorms on summer afternoons that only succeed in making the rest of the day even more humid.     The South means family and friends who find any occasion to be the perfect occasion to get together and celebrate.

We welcome all -- no matter their origin initially -- who understand and appreciate the South for what it is.     By that same token, we refuse to accept those who spend their time comparing where they came from to where they are now, and denigrating the South as inferior by any means.     The South is more than a location; it is an attitude, and the very essence of our personality, existence and spirit.

I'm proud to live in a house that is completely surrounded by a wrap-around porch and entertaining veranda.     The white wicker furniture is a perfect accent to the porch's invitation to "come and sit a spell."     My decor screams Southern Belle with antiques, and heirlooms, and old photos, and the sense that you've stepped back in time.     We cherish our history and heritage in the South, but that doesn't mean we ignore modern conveniences and innovations in the process.

We completely immerse ourselves into a Southern frame of mind here.     Yet, that doesn't mean we're predictable, and are but a mere caricature of the people represented (or, should I say, mis-represented) in film, television, print and other prominent sources as the definitive expressions of the Southern way of life.     While there are so many stereotypes that people attribute to the South -- some positive and some negative -- it isn't about other's conceptions (or misconceptions) about us that matter.     It is the knowledge that we possess in knowing that we are a truly unique breed -- one that believes in family, and honor, and respect, and friendship, and enjoying life to the fullest without judgment or "putting-on-airs."

And, with that, I will leave you with my favorite Southern Belle joke of all time . . .

A proper Southern Belle was sitting on her veranda one summer afternoon, sipping iced tea and reading a novel, when a flashy red sports car came speeding up the long, winding driveway.     The driver jumped out of the car (in less than lady-like fashion) and made her way up to the veranda.     The Southern Belle recognized her as the new wife of old money and braced herself for the encounter.

"Good Afternoon," said the Southern Belle, "What brings you out for a visit."

The New Wife of Old Money said, in her grandiose fashion, "My husband just bought me that brand-new red sports car.     What do you think of that?"

To which the Southern Belle smiled and said, "Oh, My!     How nice."

The New Wife of Old Money continued by saying, "What do you think of my new jewelry?," flashing her hands covered with diamonds.     "My husband just bought all of this for me."

To which the Southern Belle smiled again and said, "Oh, My!     How nice."

Becoming a little miffed, the New Wife of Old Money said, "My husband took me on a two month tour of Europe, and we just returned.     It was wonderful."

To which the Southern Belle smiled once again and said, "Oh, My!     How nice."

Indignant and totally outraged, the New Wife of Old Money snapped at the Southern Belle and said, "Is that all you can say?     Just oh my, how nice?     What has your husband ever done for you?

To which the Southern Belle smiled and said, "Why, my husband sent me to Charm School.     So, now, every time I want to say f**k you, I merely say, Oh, My!    How nice"

Bless Your Hearts, Y'all!              

And, if anyone plans on relaxing on the veranda this weekend, and is looking for an alternative to their usual sipping drinks or iced tea, may I suggest A Southern Belle . . . this drink was actually created for me by a bartender who consulted and mixed a few recipes into his own creation as a celebration of the complexities of a Southern Belle.     If you try it, I hope you enjoy . . . CHEERS!

  •   3/4 - 1 oz   Southern Comfort
  •   3/4 - 1 oz   Peach Schnapps
  •   3/4 - 1 oz   Triple Sec
  •   4 oz   Orange Juice
  •   4 oz   Pineapple Juice
  •   4 oz   Cranberry Juice
  •   Splash of Grenadine

Mix well and serve in a tall glass over ice.     Garnish with fruit.     Enjoy!

Category::   Southern Celebration

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