Today is my last day in the South. Well, maybe not my last-ever day, but my last-for-the-foreseeable-future day. So today, I'm celebrating a bunch of things that I love about the South, and I hope these bring a smile to your face too!
10. I love that the South has places like Cooters Pond Park.
9. And that there are Bubba's on every corner.
8. I will miss living in a place that has spas that give away shotguns.
7. I'll miss grits and the celebration of the grits. Seriously, y'all. Go south of the Mason-Dixon line, and you can visit the World Grits Festival and the National Grits Festival (in the Grits Capital of the World) and the Shrimps and Grits Festival. And the grits at the Fish House in Pensacola. (Oh, grits, how I will miss you!!)
6. I'll miss armadillos. (Maybe. It's a fun word to say, and most of the armadillos I've ever seen have been roadkill, but they've been with me for so long now, it's hard to imagine life without them. Plus I had a lot of fun with them in Southern Fried Blues.)
5. And I'll definitely miss Publix Supermarkets. (I know Jackson Davis‘s Mamie will bless my heart for saying this, but my Publix has The Best Fried Chicken In The South. O.M.G. Y'all. The Publix deli has it going on. LOVE that stuff.)
4. Speaking of getting my heart blessed… I'm totally going to miss those too. “Oh, honey. Bless your heart.” The mental exercise in figuring out if I've just been insulted or commiserated with has kept me sharp all these years. And the sayings! Southern people have a way with language. I love it!
3. I'll miss that when SuperHubby or I tell the kids to put their shoes on to go somewhere, Munchkin will no longer legitimately be able to say, “No, Mom, I don't have to. We live in Alabama (or Georgia or Florida).”
2. I'll miss Southern gentlemen. (But I will always have Jackson Davis. And soon, another Southern hero, this one of the redneck-stuck-in-Bliss variety, when I start major revisions on the very rough first draft of The Battle of The Boyfriends, book two in the Misfit Brides of Bliss series.) (***And I'll always have SuperHubby.)
1. Most of all, I'll miss good ol' Southern hospitality. We aren't locals, but through four different assignments at four different Southern bases, we were always made to feel at home.
So to the Deep South of America, thank you for a great decade! We'll come back and visit as soon as we can!
In the month of June, my family and I are moving! But I love you guys, so I’m giving away a surprise to one blog commenter. I don't know what it will be (yet), but it will be fun, and it could be anything! (I'm thinking it might be related to THE HUSBAND GAMES.) Want to enter? Just comment on any blog that I post in the month of June. The more blogs you comment on, the more chances you have to win! Limit one entry per post, though feel free to comment as much as you wish! Full contest and giveaway rules here.