I'm A Peach!

I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, but now live in a small village in Scotland. The folks over here don't really know what to make of y'all, yes sir, no ma'am, and most get a good giggle from my accent. I've picked up a lot of Scottish slang but it only takes about five minutes of being home and around fellow Southerners to return to talking like the good Georgia girl that I am.

If I miss anything about the South, it has to be the hospitality, and overall friendliness of folks. That, and of course the food! What I wouldn't give for some cornbread about now.
Littlebrownbat Littlebrownbat
31-35, F
14 Responses Jun 16, 2010

I didn't move as far away as you did, but my husband is a northerner and I moved up here with him. It was a huge culture shock for me. People aren't as friendly here and they look at you oddly if you try to be to them. I miss the politeness and the caring down there, but not the heat and humidity!

I'm getting ready to come back and I haven't missed the heat either. It is going to be hard to readjust, but as you say, I will be happy to be back to experience Southern hospitality again. :)

Why thank you. I am welly and truly ready to be back.

We'll put the beans on to soak then. We can't afford to lose not even one of our precious southern belles.

I am on my way!! July/August time, and I'm home for good.

Cornbread and no pinto beans? Really? You need to come home, girl. And a glass of sweet milk to curmble that pone bread in.

I lived in Atlanta for 3 years way back in 1982-85. What an experience for a Bostonian. I lived on Brandywine right near College Park? and a Piggly Wiggly. I am hoping you know the area. I remember the humidity, the enormous, mutant slugs, the Southern hospitality,the fried Okra, being the only white person at the MARTA station out of 200 people or so. That was cathartic. Going to Wendy's and getting a chicken sandwhich on a delicious biscuit. Having a glass of iced tea set in front of me at a restaurant instead of water,breakfast buffets everywhere where I discovered grits...yum... going to my very first vegetarian restaurant called EAT YOUR VEGGIES somewhere on or near Peachtree. I could go on but I'll spare you. One weird thing was that I did not find ONE decent Peach to eat in the 3 years I was there. Selfishly, I would love to read about your life growing up in the south. I search out authors who write about the South. Like Fannie Flagg. Get to writin' girl!

Oh, I forgot grits! The one thing her boys eat that is truly Southern.

It does sound very similar! I bring a suitcase of food back to Scotland with me! There is just some stuff that you can't get over here and you don't realize how much you miss it until you don't have it. Apparently I speak with a mixed accent too, but I don't believe it!

You sound like my sister. She married a guy from the Midlands and lives down in Gloucestershire. She speaks with this mixed accent. We normally "smuggle" corn meal to her most trips. Of course we bring digestives and Cadbury back. I get scolded for saying Bogger because it sounds to much like Bugger.

You make me some cornbread when you're over here, and I'll be your tour guide. Or translator. Whichever is required.

Dammit, making me homesick! :P I miss good cornbread.

I spent loads of time in Charlotte, North Carolina, and spent the first three years of my life living in Murphy. I developed quite the accent. My family never have let me forget it!

I love GA! It is one of my favorite states. I live in North Carolina.

I must say when I see on television people saying Yes or No Mamm or Sir. Gives me a heart warming feeling. However, my friends that have been down there get a chill with the racism that still exists.