Having lived in the South since 2001, I definitely feel like this is where I belong. I grew up in Indiana and always longed to be a Southern girl! Summer in the South is extremely hot and humid, but I wouldn’t trade places with anyone who has to live through a dreary and gray Midwest winter. I love living in the South and I’m so thankful to have spent the last 16 years in Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina!
Today’s post was inspired by something my friend Whitney wrote not too long ago. She’s back in the Midwest after living here in the South for several years. She wrote a post about all the things she loves about the South, and it made me think. What would I miss if I moved away from here?
- How quickly everything blooms and turns green in the spring
- Crepe Myrtles
- Living close to the Blue Ridge Mountains
- Churches on every corner
- Ice storms in January – not enough to knock out the power, but enough to keep everyone cozy at home
- Living within 3 hours of at least 3 NASCAR tracks
- Mossy trees in Charleston
- Chicken salad sandwiches
- Cream cheese with hot pepper jelly
- Our local religious TV stations that air gospel music and “down home” programming
- State fairs with outdoor country music concerts
- Mt. Airy, North Carolina
- Driving back into the mountains of Tennessee where it seems like time stands still
- Gatlinburg, Tennessee
- Having three country music radio stations to choose from
- Country music radio show hosts with fabulous Southern accents
- Listening to families interact in public, talking to each other with their Southern terms of endearment
- Asheville, North Carolina
- QT Gas Stations – specifically their $.69 peach tea and hot pretzels
- Southern Manners (although there’s not much southern grace left in many larger Southern towns, including mine, there are still plenty of small towns where people smile and say hello, wave to people driving past and who treat strangers with kindness and warmth)
- Chick Fil A
- Fresh peaches in July
- Church league softball
- Mountain views!
What do you love about where you live?