When breakfast is over, get up and rinse your dish then put it in the dishwasher. Grab your coffee. You hug your mom to say thank you for the breakfast. “Bye Ma’.” “Have a good day!” She replies as she pulls your skirt down. You walk to your car, wave if you see your neighbors outside. Kids are at the corner, waiting for the bus. Some sleeping, some playing. You wave. You get to work, smiling at everyone to say good morning. You get compliments on your loud blouse rather than judging eyes. You get your first table. “Hi! How are you doing today?” “I’ll take a coke.”
You pause for a few seconds. “Yes ma’am!” you reply to a woman that appears to be only a few years older than you. She catches you before you walk off. “Don’t call me ma’am, do I look that old to you? Fake laughing, you reply “No m-” you catch yourself. “That’s just how I was raised.” You get your next table, It’s Mr. Drew. You greet him with a diet coke and a water. “Hey Mr. Drew! How we doin’ today?” He replies with “How you doing baby?” This just means you are doing fine. This was a pleasant surprise, you forgot it was Thursday. It’s time to go home. You tell everyone bye. Southern 101: You never leave without telling everyone goodbye. It’s Thursday, which means it’s almost Friday, which means it’s time to celebrate. You go through the drive thru and order your favorite- frozen rum punch with an extra shot. You come home to the aroma of a garlicy roast and soft rice doused in mom's special gravy. Steamed carrots, peas, and a baked potato. You make your own drink. “How was your day honey?” “Great. How was yours?” This leads to a very detailed conversation of everything that happened today. You rinse your plate. Don’t forget to put it in the dishwasher.
You run upstairs to call your best friend and tell her about the boy you’re crushing on. She tells you about her plans for the weekend. Ya’ll talk and laugh for hours. This brings your night to an end. You pick out an outfit for tomorrow because its Friday, you have to look good on Fridays. You set your alarm a few minutes early so you can put a little make up on. You say your prayers, tell your mom goodnight, and now you can go to sleep. That was a day in the life of a Southerner. While it might not seem so interesting to you, I believe the things that make the south so special are the things that other people might not see as interesting or important. Things you can only experience firsthand. To me, it’s all about what the rest of the world lacks but we somehow have so much of. The south just has a feeling of home to me. We have simple things such as decency, time, care and love for others that I feel other places don’t necessarily have. You have time for friends and family. You know tomorrow will have the same routine as today.
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