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Thirteen cultural things I was not aware of before moving to the south.
1. “Pin” and “pen” are pronounced the same way. Leaving me in search of a safety pin when all someone wanted was a writing utensil.
2. Mac and Cheese is a vegetable.
3. Hush puppies.
4. Collard greens.
5. The American civil war is actually called The War of Northern Aggression.
6. Any argument I was engaged in could be resolved by mentioning I was from Maine. “Ahhh, well, yer just a yank anyway.”
7. My religious affiliations are public information. It’s not if you go to church, it’s where do you go to church. And, in many circles, “I am not a Christian” is not an acceptable answer.
8. On the flip side of that, I also learned that there are some very enjoyable churches in Nashville, as well as the largest Hindu temple in the US, and ten different Buddhist groups. The bible belt is more diverse than it appears.
9. What Bless your heart really means.
10. That playing music just for the love of it is really okay.
11. That a great southern accent can not only be extremely sexy, but can wield sarcasm in a way that puts even the gutsiest New Yorker to shame.
12. That my drinking habits will be heavily governed in any state where I feel driven to drink by the surroundings.
13. That as much as I enjoyed my time living in Nashville and working in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, and North Carolina, I will always be a northern girl at heart.
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