A few weeks ago my blog friend Katie over at Legally Fit wrote a lovely post about what she loves about the South. It got me thinking about what I have loved (and thought I would love) about my experience living in the south.
Having grown up in the Northwest (Idaho) I really didn’t know what to expect when we first moved to Georgia. I was hoping that peaches would be abundant, and that I wouldn’t die from the humidity. That’s really all I knew about southern living.. that and whatever they show in the movies.
There were a few things that I have come to love and will honestly miss….
- Historic Architecture
We have been over the moon about our little home on the army base. They call these buildings “the white elephants”, and were supposedly built in the 1930’s. I love the historic aesthetic the buildings in the south bring.
- Everything is so green
Every day I would drive the 10 miles to work and just take in all the lush greenery around me. It rains a lot here, which in return makes everything so green.
- Hush puppies
Enough said! We’ve had our fair share of not so delish deep fried southern food, but we did manage to find a place that serves it up right. Ezell’s Catfish Cabin in Columbus, GA. Collard greens, coleslaw, and hush puppies to die for!
- Warm Winters
Yeah, I may complain about the humidity but this photo was taken on February 12th, and I remember feeling really hot in my cardigan. So at least I can appreciate the warm winter that comes with the scorching summer.
- Southern Hospitality
No matter where we were or what were doing the people down here were more than welcoming, and just nice! There really is something to be said about good southern hospitality.
I was seriously hoping that I would at least pick up a natural usage of the word y’all while I was down here. I love it when people say the word, but still haven’t quite figured out how to use it without sounding like a “yankee”. Which I’ve been called a time or two down here.
I know it sounds dumb to like a grocery store, but every time I went in one I was just so happy to be there. Maybe it reminded me of our Albertson’s back in Idaho, or maybe it was just that much nicer than the commissary. Either way, Publix you will be missed!
Yeah, they’re pretty amazing! Even though we almost missed Peach season. Apparently it runs from Mid May – Early Aug. I lived here for 7 months before I could even try a real Georgia peach!
A few things I really thought I’d love about living in the south that I know I won’t really miss.
- Sweet Tea – I know, I know I really tried to like it but it just didn’t do it for me! Too sweet for this western girl.
- Fried Pickles – Y’all know I tried, but again after a handful of attempts at fried pickles it just wasn’t for me
- Living in College Football Country – It’s either Auburn Tiger town or Georgia Bull Dog country around these parts.
They don’t take well to Boise State Bronco’s, let me tell ya!
And a few things I will not miss. Like at all. EVER!
- Cockroaches – Barf! Need I say more?
- Humidity – I didn’t say heat, I know it’s h-o-t in Texas, but I’ll take my heat dry any day friends. Any day!
- Tornados – I’m not even sure how we made it through Tornado Watch 2012 without a panic attack. We don’t have tornados back home, so this was definitely an experience! (after typing this I realize that there are probably still a chance for tornados in Texas, but either way I wouldn’t miss them if I never had to experience it again, just sayin’).
So there you have it y’all! <— See, what I mean? Awkward just awkward! A few of my favs and not so favs of living in the South.
**What’s something you love about where you live?
What I’m currently loving about El Paso is the abundance of Mexican food. Good Mexican food. There was a serious lacking in Georgia.