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45 Things Only Southerners Understand

02/02/2016 at 2:12 | POPSUGAR Smart Living

Sometimes the South feels like its own little country. I was born and raised in North Carolina, where I spent Summers scraping clay off the sides of a creek to make pretend pottery and catching lightning bugs in mason jars when the sweltering sun finally set. I’ve been living on the West Coast for years now, but every time I go back home, the unique things about the South stand out to me even more. Why are all of these strangers talking to me at the grocery store? You really expect me to say yes ma’am and yes sir? And for the love of god, WHY IS IT SO HUMID? Here are some things – good, bad, and sometimes just plain weird – that only true Southerners can relate to.

  1. You understand the peace and serenity that only the rustling branches of a Weeping Willow can bring.
  2. You know the feeling of peeling your sticky skin bit by bit from the boiling leather seats of a car in July.
  3. You know, with absolute certainty, that anything can be fried, eaten, and enjoyed.
  4. Honey, sugar, dumpling, pumpkin, and sweetie pie are usually not referring to food.
  5. You understand the feeling of complete and utter satisfaction when successfully getting a big drop off the end of a honeysuckle.
  6. You know that good food is even better when combined with other good food to make a casserole.
  7. Talking to complete strangers in public is not weird – in fact, it’s just good manners.
  8. Speaking of manners, you were grounded multiple times as a kid for forgetting your “yes ma’am”s and “yes sir”s.
  9. Just because you asked for a Coke doesn’t mean that you want an actual Coca-Cola. We meant Sprite, damn it! Fine, we’d like a soda.
  10. You’ve felt like you were actually suffocating from humidity. Is death by mugginess a real thing?
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