From a Southern Girl to Southern Woman
Being Raised Southern
I'm sure that some people have the assumption that southern women aren't classy, smart, or educated, I find that to be just the opposite. Having been raised a southern girl, I am very proud of who I am. The lessons taught to me by my mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother are invaluable to me. Lessons on cooking, canning, raising children, and taking care of the home are what have made me a great wife and mother today. My grandmother may not have had a formal education but she was one of the most educated people I knew. She passed on to my mother what she knew then my mother passed those things on to me.
When I was a little girl, I didn't know or realize what being southern meant. I just knew that I hated working in the garden. I hated shucking corn in 100 degree heat and picking green beans or peas because I was scared some snake was curled up under one of the plants. I knew that I hated shelling purple hull peas and having purple fingers for days. But at Thanksgiving, there was nothing better than the fried corn my grandmother fixed in that iron skillet and I had long forgotten about my complaining and the heat. My purple fingers were long gone and those peas sure were good with a piece of good ole' cornbread fresh out of the oven. One of the times I did enjoy growing up was picking muscadines and making the best jelly you've ever eat. Although, I have to admit, I probably ate more muscadines than I picked. We also picked crabapples to make jelly and every time I pick them now, I think of my grandmother.
It was just expected that all southern women had big gardens and that was how their family was fed all winter. In between working the garden, they raised the children, cleaned house, cooked the meals and washed the clothes. This was all done Monday-Saturday. On Sundays, they made sure that the entire family was in church.
I grew up respecting the southern women in my family and what they taught me but I didn't realize until I was grown with a family of my own that being raised southern was a BIG thing. It's about working really hard, loving and taking care of your family and standing proud BECAUSE YOU'RE A SOUTHERN WOMAN!