If I’ve learned one thing after living in Texas, it is that there is something to be said about, ‘Southern Wisdom’. Having grown up in the North and living in California, I never really considered the wisdom of the South because of the stereotypes that the South carried. The truth is, some folks in the North and, especially California, could learn something from those southerners.
Growing up watching Hee Haw, The Beverly Hillbillies, and Dukes of Hazard helped to create the thought in our culture that Southerners were just stupid. Well, I will tell you what… I know that is definitely NOT true. In fact, I’ve met plenty of well educated and, even though they weren’t well educated, smart folks.
There’s something about an accent that we tend to base our opinion of a person’s intelligence on. In Michigan, our accent is pretty mainstream with only a few words or phrases that differentiate us like ‘Pop’ vs. ‘Soda’ in the South. Being one who enjoys imitating people’s accents, I tend to study them and try to determine where people are from. In Texas, there are at least five distinct accents that will tell someone what part of the state you were raised in.
Because someone uses a term like, ‘I tell you what’, ‘Yah’ all’, ‘Ain’t gonna do it’, or ‘Fixin’, doesn’t mean they have less brain power or wisdom. It just means they’re expressing themselves in the way they were raised.
What I’ve learned about Southern wisdom is that it’s based on common sense. It’s not so much about facts and figures. It’s about life and taking a practical approach. It’s about hard work, respect for others, humility, hospitality, generosity, and, most of all, faith & family. Those are the basis for true wisdom no matter what your degree or title in life is.
The other day, the Mrs. and I went to In & Out Burger where we were served by an elderly woman who’d worked there for twelve years. She recently had moved to Texas from California. The first thing she said she noticed was the friendliness here. People actually said hello in public and she loved it! Imagine that… I told her I had experienced the same thing after moving here. Now, when I go to visit California and say ‘hello’ to a stranger, they think I’m either making a pass at them, want something, or I’m just crazy because people just don’t do that unless …
I, for one, love it here in Texas and never want to live anywhere else. Even though I’m sometimes viewed as a ‘Yankee’, I’ve learned to speak the language and fit in just fine. I’ve found a kindred heart with that ‘Southern Wisdom’ and those ‘Southern Values’.
So, tonight, here’s to putting our stereotypes aside and looking past the accents to hear what people are really saying. We may just be surprised to find that the person who we thought wasn’t too sharp has a lot to teach us about life. I’ll leave you with a funny video below that speaks to tonight’s topic that I thought you may enjoy.
Love always friends,
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