"Putting on cowboy hat and boots doesn't make you country; any more than putting on a ball gown makes me Cinderella."
There seems to be a new craze going around where EVERYONE is suddenly obsessed with being Southern and the South in general. And while I can appreciate the obvious good taste these people have, it's starting to get rather tiresome.
Cowboy Boots--Wearing a pair of boots does NOT make you Southern especially if you buy them at Target or Payless. The pair I wear? Are antique snake skin authentic Justin boots. They belonged to my Grandmother and are older than I am. My grandfather has more pair of boots made from every type of animal hide you can think of. For most of my life, they were the only type of shoe he wore. For the record, I don't think wearing boots will make me a cowboy. Just like putting on a cowboy hat will guarantee I'll be able to ride a horse.
|via Country Outfitter|
Monograms-- Don't get me wrong, I love using my 3 initials on everything from my cups to my beach towels and especially accessories, but they aren't ONLY a Southern thing. They've been around for eons and instead of something you see on only a few specific things like luggage, handkerchiefs or signature jewelry, they're on EVERYTHING. You can't escape them. I'm afraid that their overuse is going to kill how much I love them. And for the love of sweet tea, get the order of the mono correct before placing your order.
It's first, LAST, middle if the center initial is larger than the other two.
If all fonts are the same it's first, middle, last. Men typically use a block font and women get the fancy script ones. Monograms are not only a Southern thing. I believe they originated in Europe centuries ago, but for some reason, people associate them with us people south of the Mason-Dixon.
|my shirt, my mono- from Crystal Faye|
Mason Jars.. These have been a staple in my family's kitchen since my grandmother could crawl and probably even before then. You see, us Southerners like to grow things in gardens and we typically grow so much of it that we can't keep up with how many veggies we get. So to ensure being able to have fresh tomatoes and what not year round, we can them. Plus, it's how the world was introduced to the yumminess of a pickle. Mason jars are essential to the process and by default live in our kitchens.
It seems that the rest of the country has picked up on how great they are to use as drinking glasses. Stop acting like you've discovered the cure for cancer or something. We've been drinking our sweet tea and lemonade out of Mason jars longer than you can imagine. It's not a newly found thing, so stop acting like it is.
Words- Everyone knows the South is known for our colloquialism. There are phrases like, "Bless her heart," and "Y'all" that scream SOUTHERN. Unless you were born or lived in one of our fine states for longer than 5 years, don't use them. You sound like a jack ass. I know we sound cute using them, but you don't. I promise. Also? Don't make fun of me when I use them either. It's just rude.
*Stepping off my soap box for now. I can't think of anything else. Do you have anything to add to my list?
Prompt for Wednesday, May 22 Rant about something, Get on your soapbox..