On Growing Up Southern

 The other day I had a friend ask me what it was like growing up in the south. I kind of titled my head and laughed a little...only to realize she was serious. 

All photos were taken by me, and were in New Orleans, LA!
Walking in Jackson Square admiring all the artwork is one of my favorite things.

It took me a little while to figure out what she meant. I know that the culture is different from the north and the south, even in the south and the deep south, but I never thought up as growing up in the south as anything really special (until I got older). 

Favorite spot in the square. It's just so beautiful.
For me, growing up in the south means a lot of different things. Summers spent in New Orleans (Nola) with family, spring trips to the zoo (or fall, but never summer), long days and even longer evenings, a different way of pronouncing things, and iced sweet tea.

A view from our parking spot. 
It's about writing thank you notes and saying yes ma'am and no ma'am, yes sir and no sir (and if you didn't, you got in HUGE trouble), always addressing people by Mrs. and Mr. and their last name, it's considered rude if you don't. 

It wasn't' really busy here this day, but that's what makes it beautiful
Sitting on the front/back porch every evening and relaxing after a long day of work, working in a garden or sewing almost everyday, mason jars, fireflies, a love of football (Saints & LSU) and  coca-cola. 

My favorite thing about New Orleans, the water meters. 
My mamma always told me two phrases could get you anywhere in life "Bless your heart" and "Isn't that special". She also taught me that you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar and to never burn bridges. 

I would love to live here one day. 
It's about wearing pearls everyday and begin hospitable, charming, graceful and genuine. 

It's not something you can learn, it's something you're born with and born into. Manners are your best friend, as well as Martha Stewart and arts and crafts.

Do you take pride in where you were born and raised? Where is your favorite city? 

1 comment

  1. I know all about this. Texas is "south" but not considered quite as southern in the ways you speak of. However, having parents from Mississippi, I certainly was raise southern and always got in trouble for not saying sir and maam even though none of my friends had to.

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