Five Things a Southern Girl Can’t Live Without
I was on a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains, when the unthinkable happened—I accidentally left part of my luggage behind. Not just any luggage, mind you, but the luggage containing my makeup, hair products, lotion, sun block (the list goes on and on). After a good fit-pitching session with lots of hair pulling and hand wringing, I was left with no other alternative but to replace the items. Consequently, I found myself at Walmart at 11:30 at night, picking up all of those essential items I couldn’t live without. $100.00 later, I finally had enough stuff to get me through my trip. And while I can laugh about it now, the ordeal certainly wasn’t funny at the time.
This experience got me to thinking about the things that this Southern girl can’t live without. Here’s the list in no particular order:
1. The love of a good man.
While the rest of the world is dissing on men, we Southern women have sense enough to know which side our bread’s buttered on. Yes, I’ll say it out loud for all to hear—the world needs more good men. Men who aren’t afraid to be men. Men who are God-fearing and prayerful. Men who love their wives and adore their children. Men who still open doors for women. Men who make us want to be better women. Southern girls know how to treat their men right, and they aren’t afraid to admit it.
2. High Heels.
If I could, I’d permanently attach heels to the bottom of my feet. I love high heels and wear them everywhere I go. I’m often teased about my heels, but that doesn’t stop me from wearing them. Heels are the epicenter of fashion and make most every outfit look good. (I’ve even been known to wear heels while out weeding the yard, but that’s a story for another time.)
This one goes without saying. There are few ills in life that can’t be solved with a big piece of smooth chocolate. Warm brownies and vanilla ice cream are my favorite, but I wouldn’t turn down a chocolate chip cookie if it were offered to me.
This was the primary item I was running to the store to get at 11:30 at night. I absolutely refuse to live without my hairspray! For those of you who say big hair is a thing of the past, you’ve obviously never been to Alabama on a Friday night. A word of advice—never come between a Southern girl and her hairspray. (I actually had to make two trips to Walmart that dreadful night in the Smokies. The first time, I accidentally got mousse instead of hairspray. When I realized my mistake, I trotted back as fast as I could to get hairspray.)
Where have all of the manners gone? Whatever happened to “please” and “thank you?” Southerners have the market cornered on good manners. I wish the rest of the world would take notes. When someone opens the door for you at a restaurant, for goodness sakes, look him in the eye and say “thank you.” If you’re walking across the parking lot to get to Target, and a car pauses and lets you walk in front, give a wave of acknowledgement. And the big ones—say: “Yes ma’am” and “yes sir.” The world needs more civility! In our rush for information and convenience, we’ve forgotten that a little bit of kindness goes a long way. It takes so little effort to be kind and yet it makes such a big difference.
There you have it, the five things Southern girls can’t live without.