I once read somewhere that "Being a Southern woman is a privilaged tradition. It's something that people see in you well before they hear your speak or taste your cooking. It's a thoughtfullness & gentility. A certain kind of grace that always makes people say, 'Where are you from?'"
Being a native to the Blue Ridge mountain area of Virginia, I was blessed to have been surrounded by such women growing up. Where you lived in a way that if anyone spoke badly of you no one would believe it & being kind was always the golden rule.
Here is my list of Southern traditions to keep alive.
1. Writing Thank You notes.
2. Slow cooking all day long.
3. Canning & quilting. Our elders did it to make due but we can do it to make a home.
4. Always bring a gift to the party (host, house warming, etc)
5. Setting out snacks & sweet tea for company.
6. Calling your parents just to say "Hi"
7. Minding your manners. You catch more bees with honey than vinegar.
8. Giving a stranger a helping hand.
9. Setting the table with cloth napkins.
10. Wear your pearls. They go with everything!
I could go on & on with this list but you get the idea. Until next time.. Bye Ya'll!