When I vacuum-packed my car and struck out for Los Angeles, my brother told me, “Don’t forget your raisings!” after 18 years of living north (and west) of the Mason-Dixon line, I haven’t. While I’ve made my home in the land of laptops and lattes (a.k.a. Seattle) for the last decade, I still feel a certain reverence when I hear “Sweet Home Alabama.” (And, yes, I always dutifully “turn it up.”) I should mention, however, I’m not actually from Alabama, but I just can’t get enthused about “Mississippi Queen.”
I started Stuff Southern People Like as a way to introduce outsiders to some of Dixie’s finest delicacies and doo-dads–from recliners to R.C. Cola. I figured folks back home would enjoy reading it, too (or at least say they did and proceed to gossip about me behind my back saying, “Bless her heart, she thinks she can write…”). Along the way, I’ve heard from transplanted Yankees who appreciate the insight into their quirky new friends and neighbors. While I adore all my readers, I must confess that I especially love comments from fellow Southern expats who enjoy the “taste of home” my posts offer.
I’m not saying that the stuff I list is: 1. lovingly embraced by all Southerners or b. admired exclusively by Dixie-folk. This is one girl’s opinion. I look forward to hearing what you think.
Thanks for reading,
p.s. Though these entries are numbered, they are listed in no particular order…other than the order in which I think of them.
p.s. #2 If you enjoy reading “Stuff Southern People Like,” please tell all your friends so they’ll tell their friends and so on and so on…
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