When I spent what seemed like all winter up in Washington last summer, but which was actually only one long month, I was struck more than any previous visit by how differently people behaved. Bad manners. Really bad manners.
Down here in the South people are just more friendly. And they say howdy a lot. At first I didn't like this all that much, but I got used to it. Now I like it.
There are a couple Georgia Peaches, known as the 2 Chippys, the actual Real Housewives of Atlanta, Lulu and Laurie. I can tell they have the Southern Good-Hearted Hospitality Friend thing down to perfection. This evening Laurie sent me an amusing email that sort of represents ways it is different here in the South from the cold North...
NORTHERN FRIENDS VS. SOUTHERN FRIENDS
NORTHERN FRIENDS: Never ask for food.
SOUTHERN FRIENDS: Always bring the food.
NORTHERN FRIENDS: Will say 'hello'.
SOUTHERN FRIENDS: Will give you a big hug and a kiss.
NORTHERN FRIENDS: Call your parents Mr. and Mrs.
SOUTHERN FRIENDS: Call your parents Mom and Dad
NORTHERN FRIENDS: Have never seen you cry.
SOUTHERN FRIENDS: Cry with you.
NORTHERN FRIENDS: Will eat at your dinner table and leave.
SOUTHERN FRIENDS: Will spend hours there, talking, laughing, cleaning up, and just being together.
NORTHERN FRIENDS: Know a few things about you.
SOUTHERN FRIENDS: Could write a book with direct quotes from you.
NORTHERN FRIENDS: Will leave you behind if that's what the crowd is doing.
SOUTHERN FRIENDS: Will kick the whole crowd's back-ends that left you.
NORTHERN FRIENDS: Will knock on your door.
SOUTHERN FRIENDS: Walk right in and say, I'm home!
NORTHERN FRIENDS: Will visit you in the hospital when you're sick
SOUTHERN FRIENDS: Will cut your grass and clean your house then come spend the night with you in the hospital.
NORTHERN FRIENDS: Have you on speed dial
SOUTHERN FRIENDS: Have your number memorized
NORTHERN FRIENDS: Are for a while.
SOUTHERN FRIENDS: Are for life.
BLOGGER'S NOTE: The above has been slightly edited from its original form.