I've seen signs around with "Happy Fall, Y'all." People always associate "y'all" with Southerners. I say it all the time, but it is not the only way that Southerners refer to a bunch of folks. One of my favorites is "you'uns." I had friends this week who had never really heard people use that term in a sentence seriously. I would like to thank my friends from Sparta, TN for doing just that. They also have their own word. Yert. I have been informed that it is some sort of greeting that they all use there. I really didn't believe the person who told me that, until I saw it on The Today Show. Yes, out in the crowd, was a sign as big as the world. It said "Yert - Sparta, TN." By the way, if you didn't know it, you haven't done anything in the South until you have traveled to wave in the crowd at The Today Show. Trust me, I've done it several times and it is awesome. Matt Lauer told me that I was a nice person. I took my gloves off in 17 degree weather to take a photo of another Southern who was living the dream. So, yert to Sparta and yert to Matt Lauer. You'uns have a good day up there.
Lucy Adams, author of Tuck Your Skirt in Your Panties and Run, will join us on Wednesday, November 30 as a part of her blog book tour. Please check in that day to learn more about her book.
It is a great time of year in the South. We have gorgeous blue skies with great temperatures. If you haven't attended some sort of festival, you should. I also think this is the time of year many Southerners make a pilgrimage to the Great Smokey Mountains. Pack up and get out if you can. The crisp morning air will make you feel good. What did I like best about the fall festival? Naturally, it was the barbeque. The smell was so wonderful; it overpowered the smell of the horses and mules in the parade. I can pass up a candied apple, but it is difficult to walk past people smokin' some butts (my nephew will like that phrase). I also liked that I could take my 4 month old Proper Southern Baby Girl and introduce her to everyone I have ever known within an hour. Thank you to the Cherokee County, Alabama Chamber for the photos. It's hard to take pictures with a little one in hand.
I may have mentioned this before, but I do not use a shopping cart at the grocery store. Any Proper Southern Woman will tell you the same thing. I use a buggy. My sister gave high marks to the movie "Radio" because they called it a buggy. Hollywood doesn't think we notice these things. We know when actors in a movie set in Alabama speak with a Georgia accent. I am making a plea for Southern movies that don't involve lawyers in seersucker suits or that are set in the 1950's. We have other clothes and other decades. Not all older Southern ladies wear hats and pearls. I do insist on correct terminology however. They are buggies. It is supper. And, that lady who raised you is Momma.