I’ve lived all over the world, but there’s just something about the South that feels like home. Well, besides the fact that it is home. This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Breyers. All opinions are 100% mine.
I lived far away from home for many years.
Hence the name of this blog.
Born and raised a Southern girl, I’ve lived in a few continents through the years. Now I’m back in the South. I am happy to report that many of the things I missed or reminisced about while gone, I actually still appreciate now that I’m home. Distance has a way of making you think you miss something that, in fact, you don’t.
Now that we’re here, both my husband and myself regularly remark that we enjoy the culture of the South and are proud to raise our kids here. Not that it’s better than anywhere else – every place has its faults – but that we just really appreciate its positives.
1. The food
I wouldn’t call myself a foodie, but I love to eat as much as the next person. I love particularly Southern foods. When Breyers reached out about their natural vanilla, I knew I wanted to do a southern recipe. Their banana pudding version was actually fancier than normal, which I loved because it was also quicker! The cream is sourced from cows not treated with any growth hormones and all Breyers vanilla is real and from sustainably farmed vanilla beans. So it’s right at home.
We’re in a rural area and this summer we’ve eaten our own blueberries, grapes, tomatoes, and other people’s greens, corn, and even fresh ground cornmeal for my grandmother’s cornbread. Southern food is the epitome of comfort food.
2. People are friendly.
I’m a talker. It’s no surprise I have a blog because I’ll talk and talk and talk people’s heads off. In some places I’ve lived that’s just plain weird. My Scottish friend said it best, “If you talk to strangers here they wonder what you want from them.” In the South? They just want to talk.
3. Family focused.
I know the South alone cannot boast this, but there’s certainly a family friendly culture here. I’m sure it’s like this in other places, but since having come home I can see it clearly. People travel in packs. Families are close, people “place you” by asking about your family, and it’s common to see families out from baby to grandparents. Family being one o the things I missed most while away, I like this.
Yes I know there are farms all over. But my grandfather was a farmer and my uncle is, so my kids absolutely love riding on tractors. It’s like a child’s dream to have little tractor toys then get to ride on big huge tractors. I know this wouldn’t matter to others, but I love seeing cotton and peanuts grow. All around our house the kids can see where food is grown. How it gets harvested. How it actually ends up in the grocery store.
5. It’s a culture of hard work.
In a culture that gets more entitled by the year, I love how there is still a sense of honor, duty, and decency here that expects hard work. Whether it’s yard work or farm work, my friends from the south growing up were used to doing way more work with their hands than any group of friends I’ve had since. I think there’s something character building about sweating and working hard.
Of course there are other things that are good too, but so far those are my favorite since returning home. My husband says frequently (as in weekly) how happy he is our kids, particularly the boys, will grow up in a rural place where they’ll be forced (by us) to get off their hind ends. To get away from the computer and iPad and whatever else they’ll invent in the next 15 years. Because we live in the country and there is upkeep required, they’ll actually have useful things to do. To build endurance and stamina.
You can do those things anywhere. But I’m glad we’re doing them here :).
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