Sunday, February 3, 2013

I'm am a Belle, a Southern Belle....


I AM A BELLE, A SOUTHERN BELLE, A DIXIE BELLE, A KENTUCKY BELLE, AND I HAVE SECRETS I WON’T TELL, IF Y’ALL DON’T LIKE IT GO TO HELLO SOLDIER WHAT’S YOUR PLEASURE?
                                                          ~Adapted from Hart of Dixie, cause I ain't no Bama Belle ;) 

I pride myself in my southern roots and regardless of what any geographer may say, I live south of the Mason Dixie line, I'm Southern!  Most people tend to not argue with that once they hear my accent.  Many people mistakenly think that embracing my southern heritage also means embracing all of the notorious things the South has been known for.  I can't disagree more.  Southern women have overcame adversity and often find grace under pressure.  We can cook, can, grow a garden, read literature, sew a dress, embroider a doily, fish out of the creek, paint, sing in the choir, ride a horse, and fry a chicken. My great grandmother took great pride in making me a real southern woman, and I am forever grateful.  I'm not saying southern belles are better women, we are just a different breed of woman.  When the Confederacy lost the Civil War, southern women had to pick up the pieces.  Families were often broken, plantations left in ruins, and women ran the household.  They had to leave lives of luxury for more practical ones.  One of the most famous southern belles, Scarlet O'Hara once said..

"As God is my witness, as God is my witness they're not going to lick me. I'm going to live through this and when it's all over, I'll never be hungry again. No, nor any of my folk. If I have to lie, steal, cheat or kill. As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again."


Gone With the Wind
Rhett and Scarlet
Don't let that angelic face fool you.  
I can't agree with the lying, stealing, and cheating, but women needed to learn to survive without the aid of a man.  Don't let my blonde hair and pretty manicured hands fool you.  I know how to mix Miracle Gro, I have "ho'd" taters, and shoveled horse stalls til I needed a Q-tip to clean out my nose.  I love to camp and I shoot a gun with above average accuracy (but both sides of my family are hunters).  I have field dressed a deer and cleaned a fish.  I love to garden, flowers and vegetables. If civilization were to fail, I could figure out how to survive!  

You don't have to be southern by birth to embrace a southern way of life.  My dear friend Madalyn is proof of that.  She is half Persian transplanted into southeastern Kentucky.  Beauty queen, and fashionista by day, hunter by night.  The former Miss Kentucky Outstanding Teen and current runner up Mrs. Kentucky, can drive a truck and shoot a gun.  We often talk about building a "weekend" getaway rustic cabin in the mountains, our version of getting back to our "roots".  This week she is vacationing in Mexico with her hubby, and just a few weeks ago she was hunting in the woods of Kentucky.  We share much more than a love of Burberry, Lilly Pulitzer, and all things Pinterest.  We share a Southern heritage.  

The next time a good Southern woman offers you a glass of fresh sweet tea, don't assume her nails have never been dirty.  We work hard and there is no harm in looking good while doing it.  We take pride in ourselves and we are survivors.  And if she says.. "Bless your heart," that isn't necessarily a good thing ;)

Happy snowy Sunday
XOXO
Jess