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Monday, August 6, 2012

Monday's Musings on All Things Southern

We had guests this past weekend. They arrived on Friday and left not ten minutes ago. Already the house is empty. A bit sadder for their departure.

Growing up I heard a lot about Southern Hospitality. My aunts and uncles, grandparents and neighbors all gave tribute to the term. I don't remember a time ever driving up to someone's back door and feeling a cold reception upon entering. Instead, the doors swung open wide, the host and/or hostess of the house stood, framed by the door. "Y'all made it," they'd say.
Dennis and our guest, Kenneth Jefferies, do some fishing

Or, "Come on in before the mosquitoes take you away."

There was always plenty to eat. Plenty of sweet iced tea to drink. Loads of conversation and laughter.

But there was something else, too. There was the feeling that you (the guest) actually belonged there. You were not a visitor. An un-welcomed interruption in a sea of busy days. Instead, your host/ess had anticipated your arrival. Washed the linens. Fluffed the towels. Made certain your favorite "this" or "that" was in the fridge. And when it was time to leave, there was a let-down of the heart."So sorry to see you go," they'd say.

Or, "Wish y'all didn't have to leave so soon."
Dinner out with our friends

They meant it, too.

We've just said goodbye to our friends LeeAnn and Kenneth. I feel sad. But I'm excited that--maybe because of our Southern hospitality--they said they'd come back.

We're already looking forward to it.


  1. I love how you write, "all things Southern!" It makes me long for simpler days, family times and things of long ago. It also makes me want to ask for you to adopt me or maybe the other way around:)

  2. Hello Eva Marie, it says that you grew up near Savanah Ga but does not list where, I lived in Savannah many years and now live near Pembroke in rural area that is near Claxton-Statesboro too.
    I think your pic looks so much like Mel Tillis daughter, what do you think? I have not read your books but will look for some now that I have found you, I joined your blog also and would be honored to have you ck mine. http://arpaul-paula.blogspot.com
    it is Paula's Thoughts and I do reviews for books I read, I do lot on goodreads and review for couple publishers.
    anyway good to meet another southern gal...
    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

  3. Pol: I grew up in Sylvania!!!

    I'll check out your blog and thank you for being a part of mine.

    Take care!