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Are Southerners friendly or are they busybodies? I think this question probably depends on who you ask. People are friendly everywhere, not only here in the South. I think what separates Southerners apart is our overly friendly nature, particularly, to strangers.
I’ve visited most of the United States and I’ve lived in several states (although, all were southern) and I’ve discovered Southerners greet others and strike up conversations anytime they’re stuck in a line, especially, Wal Mart and the grocery store. I’m sure we do it to pass the time but I, also, think we’re curious by nature and want to know about the other person which leads to the moniker of busybody.
I’ve found, generally, those from non-southern states are less likely to greet others they don’t know or talk to them while waiting in line. In fact, when I’ve attempted it; I’ve gotten stares, however, a smile works wonders on our non-southern counterparts. They will respond to smiling. Once they’re acquainted with you, Northerners, the nice name for those we call not from the South which includes everybody else, are friendly and very hospitable.
My home state of Mississippi has been dubbed the “Hospitality State.” In fact, we, even, have a Miss Hospitality Pageant that’s how serious we take being friendly. And speaking of pageants, I’m saving our infatuation with them for another post.
Hospitable, as defined by The American Heritage Dictionary, is “welcoming guests with warmth and generosity, fond of entertaining, well-disposed toward strangers, and having an open and charitable mind.” I couldn’t have described us any better.
Doodlebug and I discuss Southern friendliness
I hope you’ll come back tomorrow. So, in true Southern slang, how’re you and them?
“Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody.” Romans 12:15,16 The Message