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Things I've Learned Growing Up in the South
Aug 04/16

Things I've Learned Growing Up in the South Posted by: Aaron Stearns | 16 Comments

Things I’ve Learned Growing Up in the South

  • Sunday morning church is not optional.
  • Tailgating is just as important as the game itself.
  • There is no such thing as a “mild summer.”
  • An inch of ice is ten times worse than six inches of snow.
  • Unsweet tea is not a valid choice.
  • Mosquitos are a verifiable enemy.
  • When the tornado sirens sound, it just got real.
  • Salad is not supper.
  • Grilled catfish is not a thing.
  • Going Greek is a family affair.

What are some of the things you’ve learned growing up in the South? Let us know in the comments.


By Paula Martin
Paula Martin was born and raised in Arkansas and received her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of New Orleans. She is a writer, teacher, mom, barefoot trail runner, martial artist, and free-thinker always packed and ready for the next adventure. 



Kim on August 10 2016 at 05:02PM

Wear your good jewelry!

Connie Rule on August 10 2016 at 09:34AM

Don’t forget “Bless her heart” as a blessing or a slam-interchangeable! Also., no matter what kind of cola you drank, you were going to get a coke!

Jeanie on August 09 2016 at 07:29PM

Seersucker is the only appropriate material for summer. Everything is monogrammed.

Lisa on August 09 2016 at 07:16PM

I think you should remove the last bullet point. It can be taken as vulgar in certain circles.

Carol Penn-Romine on August 09 2016 at 03:21PM

If you ask “howzyermama?” you’re enquiring as to the wellness of someone’s maternal parent. But if you ask “howzyermamaannem?” (& if you’re a Southerner you know how to pronounce that!) you’re asking about her, along with everyone else in the family.

Laura Headley on August 09 2016 at 01:14PM

And if you’re going Greek, you might as well go all in – honors, profession, service and social.

Kevin on August 09 2016 at 10:21AM

“How’s your mamma’nem?” is a legitimate question that requires a detailed answer.

Valerie allman on August 08 2016 at 11:03PM

If it can’t be fried, it can’t be eaten.

Tra davdavis on August 08 2016 at 03:01PM

Please don’t approve this message – as a word nerd, I wanted to let you know that Going Greek has an urban meaning and even though it is a common southern expression, you might want to change it to Going Dutch…. Snickering…. no… Laughing out loud. ;)

Matt Horan on August 07 2016 at 07:52AM

Southern Studies teach us not to like us.

Matt Horan on August 07 2016 at 07:51AM

Cemeteries are.

Collier Jennings on August 06 2016 at 04:07PM

You always, and I mean always, have to cut your own switch.

Linda B. on August 06 2016 at 02:07PM

Man or woman , you offer your seat to your elders.
Regardless of who dies, you take food to the family .

PirateMike on August 06 2016 at 10:59AM

I didn’t grow up in the South…but I know that “Over Yonder” is a legitimate direction…

Gavin Davis on August 06 2016 at 01:16AM

So I’m from Texas and I don’t think I’ve ever seen grilled catfish in my life. Like seriously I can not remember one time EVER that I’ve had catfish that wasn’t fried.

Karen Pavelka on August 05 2016 at 01:24PM

Manners, saying “Please”, “Thank You”, “Yes, Sir”, “No, Sir”, “Yes, Ma’am”, “No, Ma’am” are as valuable as gold.


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