As with all other life events, a country girl can survive…even coming home. Out of all of my transitions in life, this was probably the most welcome, but the hardest one. We all know that country folk don’t take well to those that ain’t from around here. Well, after surviving the big city and even Europe, I had become that girl. (Hell, I may as well had moved to Florida.) In the process of learning French, I had lost some, if not all, of my southern twang. All of sudden, my friends and family couldn’t understand a word that I was saying. I encountered several people that had something to say about me leaving in the first place.
My words were different, my dress was different, my outlook on life was different…but I was still a country girl at heart. Or I wouldn’t have moved home! I just needed a healthy dose of country to help me readjust.
Here are some lessons learned…
1. Don’t forget where you came from.
2. Fried food, pintos and onions, cornbread and milk and wild game will need to replace hummus and pita, sushi, Italian pies, broiled and blackened meats – who does this to perfectly good meat anyway??
3. Go to your favorite restaurant and order a big ole greasy cheeseburger with slaw, fries loaded down with ketchup and a big glass of southern sweet tea. You will wonder how you ever survived without it.
4. Flannel and jeans – you shoulda never have given this up anyway.
5. Don’t forget where you came from.
6. Dial down your schooling. Now, I ain’t saying that country folk ain’t smart, don’t have some serious degrees and natural talent. I’m just saying that country folk don’t flaunt it, like our city counterparts. In the city, you have to constantly fight for your position at work or keep up with conversations above your pay grade. I understand that and that in itself creates a habit that has no place in the country. Just do your thing and your smarts will speak for itself.
7. Forget the word clubbing and think Friday night football games and tail gates. Same scene, but better music and way less cheaper!
8. Get all of your stuff done before 9pm. Remember us country folks got no good reason to be out that late.
9. Identify your politics. Country folk ain’t got no use for those that are undecided.
10. Don’t forget where you came from.
PS – britches are pants for any city folk tuning in.
I LOVE to read your comments. Tell me what you encountered when you returned to the country – even if just for a visit!