Southern Women {well said}

August 16, 2011

I just read an article that echos the sentiment of what I have witnessed throughout my life: 

Southern Women:  A Generation of Women Who Are Redefining the Southern Belle by Allison Glock

This article does a fantastic job at defining what a Southern Woman truly is and why we are the way we are.  Allison so gracefully articulates that “To be born a Southern woman is to be made aware of your distinctiveness.  And with it, the rules.  The expectations.”

I love how she speaks about a Sothern Woman’s heart:  “Southern women are willing to give, be it time, hugs or advice abot the layabout down the road.  Southern women listen and we talk and we laugh without apology.  We are seldom shocked… Of course we bond and adore each other, and talk about all topics savory and otherwise.”  Sound like someone you know?  I do.  I would say just about every girlfriend I have lives her life fully enveloped in this live large ~ love large mantra.

Allison goes on to describe other defining attributes that separate Southern Women from all the rest:  ” Southern women know how to bake a funeral casserole and why you should.  [Check:  I have baked and received more than I can count.]  Southern women know how to make other women feel pretty.  [How many times have you been asked where you bought that great outfit or where you get your hair cut?]  Southern women like men and allow them to stay men.  [Amen:  so says my hubby.  What’s that Brad Paisley song..?]  Southern women are not afraid to dance.  [Me?  Not so much.]  Southern women know you can’t outrun your past, that manners count and that your mother deserves a phone call every Sunday.  [Check, check and check.]   Southern women can say more with a cut of their eyes than a whole debate club’s worth of speeches.  [Ever seen a ticked off Mama at the grocery store?]  Southern women know the value of a stiff drink among other things.  [Pass the Woodford please.]

Well said Allison Glock, well said.

To read the entire article click HERE.  Or better yet, get your own copy of the magazine on newsstands now.  (We really have to do what we can to keep magazines and books in print!  What would we do without our local news stand or book store??)

Who is your favorite Southern Woman?  We would love to hear about her so feel free to leave us a comment!

xo Christi

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