person born or living in the
South; gracious, easy-going,
slow-talking friendly folk devoted
to front porches, oak trees, cool
breezes, magnolias, peaches,
watermelon, and fried chicken.
Girls Raised in the South
girls know bad manners when they see them:
* Drinking straight out of a can.
* Not sending thank you notes.
* Velvet after February.
* White shoes before Easter or after Labor Day.
girls appreciate their natural assets:
* Dewy skin.
* A winning smile.
* That unforgettable, Southern drawl.
girls know their manners:
* "Yes, ma'am."
* "Yes, sir."
girls have a distinct way with fond expressions:
* "Y'all come back!"
* "Well, bless your heart."
* "Drop by when you can."
* "How's your mother?"
* "Love your hair."
girls don't sweat....they glisten
girls know their summer weather report:
girls know their three R's:
girls know their vacation spots:
* The Beach
* The Beach
* The Beach
girls know the joys of June, July, and August:
* Summer tans
* Wide brimmed hats
* Adorable sandals
girls know everybody's first name:
girls know the movies that speak to their hearts:
* Gone With the Wind
* Steel Magnolias
*Driving Miss Daisy
*Fried Green Tomatoes
Magnolia Southern girls know their religions:
girls know their country breakfasts:
* Country ham
* Mouth-watering homemade biscuits
girls know their P's & Q's:
* "P"ecan pie
girls know their cities dripping with Southern charm:
girls know their elegant gentlemen:
* Men in uniform.
* Men in tuxedos.
* Rhett Butler, of course.
know Southern girls are quick on the drawl...
girls know their prime real estate:
* The Mall
* The Beauty Salon
girls know the three deadly sins:
* Bad hair
* Bad manners
* Bad blind dates
girls know men may come and go, but friends are for-evah!
Know You're From New Orleans If...
Your sunglasses fog up when you step outside.
matter where else you go in the world, you are always
disappointed in the food.
get up in the morning and start a pot of rice to cooking
before you give any thought to what you'll fix for
loved one dies and you book a jazz band before you
call the coroner.
think the breeze from a flying roach feels good on
a hot summer night.
accent sounds nothing like Harry Connick Jr's.
can sing these jingles by heart: "Rosenberg's,
Rosenberg's, 1825 Tulane" & "At the
Beach, at the Beach, at Ponchartrain Beach...."
were a high school graduate before you realized that
Catholic and Public were not two major religions.
baby's first words are "long beads."
ask, "How they running?" and "Are dey
fat?", but you're inquiring about seafood quality
and not the Crescent City Classic.
a hurricane is imminent, you have a lot more faith
in Nash Roberts than Super Doppler 6000.
town is low on the education chart, high on the obesity
chart and you don't care because you're No. 1 on the
shocks you. Period. Ever - not politics, hurricanes,
red lights, parking tickets, the Saints, Mardi Gras.....
in a jam at Tulane and Broad isn't the same as being
stuck in traffic.
idea of health food is a baked potato instead of fries
with your seafood platter.
have to take your coffee and favorite coffeemaker
with you on a three-day trip.
have sno-ball stains on your shoes.
call tomato sauce "red gravy."
middle name is your mother's maiden name or your father's
mother's maiden name or your mother's mother's maiden
name or your grandmother's mother's maiden name or
your grandfather's mother's maiden name.
know you recycled too much newspaper when there isn't
enough for the dinner (or crawfish) table.
are going through customs and the agent asks you where
you're from and you answer, "Gentilly."
eat sno-balls instead of throwing them.
house payment is less than your utility bill.
done your laundry in a bar.
push little old ladies out of the way to catch Mardi
"crabs" makes you smile.
write "crookedpolitician" as all one word.
know it's "ask" but you purposely say "ax".
understand it when someone describes their favorite
color as K&B purple.
know how to mispronounce street names correctly. (Melpomene,
Terpsichore, Chartes, etc...)
know that Tchoupitoulas is a street and not a disease.
can "boo" the mayor on national television.
are the major cause of your gallstones.
wear sweaters in October because it ought to be cold.
asks you "Where you at?" and you tell them
how you are.
think of potholes as naturally occurring speed bumps.
grandparents are called "Maw Maw" and "Paw
suck the heads, sing the blues and you actually know
where you got them shoes.
shake out your shoes before putting them on.
don't go buy groceries, you make groceries.
know why you should never, ever swim by the Lake Pontchartrain
steps (for more than one reason).
cringe every time you hear an actor with a Southern
or Cajun accent in a "New Orleans-based"
movie or TV show.
have to reset your clocks after every thunderstorm.
waste more time navigating back streets than you would
if you just sat in traffic.
still call the Fairmont Hotel the Roosevelt.
consider garbage cans a legal step to protecting your
parking space on a public street.
fall asleep to the soothing sounds of four box fans.
ignore cockroaches because you know the only ones
you could kill are the weak or infirm, and it would
only serve to strengthen the breed.
eat dinner out and spend the entire meal talking about
all the other good places you've eaten.
Born an American
by the Grace of God!
True Southerners know the difference between a hissie
fit and a conniption.
Southerners know how many fish make up a mess.
Southerners can show or point out to you the general
direction of yonderways.
Southerners know exactly how long "directly"
is - as in "Going to town, be back directly."
Southern babies know that "Gimme some sugar"
is not a request for the white, granular sweet substance
that sits in a pretty little bowl in the middle of
Southerners know exactly when "by and by"
Southerners know instinctively that the best gesture
of solace for a neighbor who's got trouble is a plate
of hot fried chicken and a big bowl of cold tater
salad. (If the trouble is a real crisis, they also
know to add some hot biscuits and nanner puddin' with
Southerners know how good a cold grape Nehi and cheese
crackers are at a country store.
Southerners know what, "Well I Suwannee!"
Southerners grow up knowing the difference between
"pert' near" and "a right far piece."
Southerners know that "fixin" can be used
both as a noun, verb and adverb --- and when somebody's
"fixin" to do something, it won't be long.
Southerners know that rocking chairs and swings are
guaranteed stress relievers.
Southerners know that rocking chairs and swings with
an old person in them are history lessons.
You Might be a Cajun If . . .
Watching "Wild Kingdom" inspires you to
write a cookbook.
won't eat a lobster because you think it's a crawfish
take a bite of 5-alarm Texas chili and reach for some
pass up a chance to meet the president to go to the
Crawfish Festival in Breaux Bridge.
children's favorite bedtime story begins with, "First
you make a roux..."
asked in school to name the four seasons and you reply,
"Onyons, celery, bell peppers, and garlic."
think the "Fab Four" are "Paul Prudhomme,
John Folse, Justin Wilson, and A.J. Smith".
let your black coffee cool and find it has jelled.
describe a complete breakfast as some deer sausage,
grits and a yard of boudin.
of your favorite vacation spots are north of Abbeville.
sit down to eat boiled crawfish and someone says,
"Don't eat the dead ones" and you know what
refer to Louisiana winters as "gumbo weather".
gave up Tabasco for Lent.
learned bourre' the hard way - holding yourself upright
in the crib.
don't know the real names of your close friends -
only their nicknames.
can look at a rice field and can tell how much gravy
it'll take for that much rice.
use your pirogue for an ice chest.
yells duck, and you run to get your shootgun.
only plant you have growing in your yard is rosezoes.
name your dog & cat Boudreaux & Thibodaux.
you can get to your best fishing spot in 15 min.
wear your shrimp boots (Leeville keds) to church.
travel by boat more then by car.
live... up the bayou,...down the bayou,...or across
take your family trawling for a vacation.
school mascot was a fish.
able to fish crawfish off of your back (better yet
- front) porch.
think the head of the United Nations is Boudreaux-Boudreaux
have an "envy" for something instead of
use a No. 3 washtub to cover your lawn mower or outboard
in your yard.
use a gill net to play tennis, badminton, or volleyball.
use two or more pirogues (small boat) to cover your
newly planted tomatoes to protect them from a late
horsepower of your outboard motor is greater than
the motor in your car.
favorite TV talk show is Okra Winfrey.
description of a gourmet dinner includes the words
"deep fat fried."
describe a yard of boudin, and cracklings as "breakfast."
greet your long, lost friend at the Lafayette International
Airport with "aaaa-eeeeeeeee!"
high school's rendition of the national anthem begins
with, "Jambalaya, crawfish pie, filet gumbo..."
stand up when they play "Jolie Blon."
Here for "Jolie Blon"
to the Cajuns
is a Cajun many people still do ask....
To supply one with an answer is not an easy task....
For a Cajun is the product of his heritage and this land....
As this way of life is granted through God's own hand.
From Acadia up north they were sent in exile....
Forced here to South Louisiana their fate to reconcile....
And reconcile they did and now they are so proud....
That praises to the Cajuns are shouted out loud.
From the swamps, bayous, marshes and the sea....
These people have hunted and fished, and lived free....
This mighty paradise so full of nature's treasures....
Is one that sustains and also gives us many pleasures.
But the people are the real resource you see....
For they are among the very best that can be....
These folks love their fun and really do care about you....
This is the accepted philosophy of the bayou.
Cajuns are a very unique people in every respect....
Just listen when they speak in their very own dialect....
They speak of the joy of living and what it's all about....
"Laissez les bon temps rouler" is what they all
Let the good times roll is what this phrase means....
Its heard throughout South Louisiana down to New Orleans....
This Cajun and this culture is unique as you may find....
Why it is perhaps the best ever invented by mankind.
- Author Unknown
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