And my southern heart grows weary….
This line from an old Dolly Pardon song never fails to make me home sick.
We arrived safe and sound in Tennessee and are so happy to be here…I might not come back.
Here are a few things I really miss about being in the south….
1. I can order iced tea and I know it will come sweet (like it should)
2. No one teases me about the way I talk and I can “fixing” to be doing anything I want and no one giggles
3. “Come on in out of that cold and sit a spell” is what will greet you at every door you knock on…even at church….Of course in the summer its “Come on in out of that heat”…..P.S the weather is quite mild and I am not cold at all…I guess Wisconsin is thickening up my blood after all.
4. Everyone is polite and I have had the loveliest conversations with people in the grocery stores. Why, it feels like I am running into old friends and I have never met them before. It also makes grocery shopping take 4xs as long as it normally does….Did I mention my mother in law makes me go every day? I went 3x yesterday alone.
5. Chick-fil-A, Captain D’s and O’Charley’s…restaurants I formally took for granted until I couldn’t eat there whenever I wanted to. Yum
6. Wal-mart and other shops play christian music on the overhead sound system.
7. All the places and things I grew up with since I was 15. And we have several good malls…
There are more which I will share later…but there are also some negative things which I forgot about….
Things I do NOT miss….
1. For the first time in a really long time I heard someone use the N word. This made me very sad and angry. It also cause an aggressive reaction in Michael who wanted to punch the dude. I didn’t think it would be a wise idea of my little book nerd husband to attempt to take on a couple good ole boys in a waffle house at the being of hunting season. I don’t think he has actually ever punched someone.
And they were referring to another person in a derogatory way (as oppose to those who use it in reference to themselves and their friends which isn’t a great practice either)
2. Poor oral hygiene…..I have seen an increase of people with no teeth this trip…This is actually one of my biggest fears since I come from a rather toothless redneck family.
3. Did I mention my mother in law makes me go to the grocery store multiple times a day?
Grocery store visits: 4 and counting (P.S. we arrived on Saturday)