Where else but in the south can you experience such delicacies as Shrimp Gumbo, Cheese Grits, Fried Green tomatoes, Chitlin’s, Sawmill gravy and biscuits, or Boiled peanuts? Then, to top it off you wash it all down with an ice cold jar of the sweetest iced tea this side of the Mason/Dixon. Only in the South.
Having lived in the south and west for most of my life, I’ve been a keen observer of southern and western ways. To some extent, I’ve adopted and melded them into a cultural blend as smooth as hand-cranked ice cream.
From time to time my travels call for me to wander a field from my adopted home in good ol’ Dallas, GA. and I am forced once again to see how different things are up north.
For example, if I go to a restaurant and ask for ice tea, usually I hear, “We have flavored sweet tea or unsweet tea.” Thanks to a certain pair of golden arches, we are seeing those old ways change. It’s taken years, but their learnin’.
Then, there is the matter of home styles. Now I understand the influence of Colonial America on home construction, but I’ve never quite figured out why, in states where snow fall accumulates in feet, not in inches, builders insist on not building garages. While we, down in God’s country, enjoy milder winters, have two and three car garages. Go figure.
And then, there is visible absence of churches. Down here, you can’t throw a stone without hitting some kind of steeple. Whereas up river, you might say, you’d go far and wide to find a place of worship that’s sorta familiar. Now that’s not meant to be demeaning or in any way condemning of our brothers and sisters above the Mason/Dixon. I’m just makin’ an observation. Personally, I’d rather have less half empty buildings and more getting along than squabbling over which side of the pulpit the organ should be on.
Maybe we should take our cue from the golden arches and take our vittles, our sweet tea and our ability to get along with each other up stream. Then we’d all be happy.
Author Bryan Powell lives in Dallas, GA. You can find Bryan’s other literary works on Amazon and in his virtual bookstore at www.alibris.com/stores/thehirambookstore. Order your signed copy, today.