First, two disclaimers:
1- Two friends of mine (KC and Augustine) have adamantly asserted that Warrensburg is not THE SOUTH; however, I chose to title my entry so because Missouri is The South to me. A friend of mine from Charlevoix referred to Indiana as the South last week, so you get the picture.
2- I am aware that some of the things I will list below are not really native to the South (or Missouri), but may simply be things that I had never experienced in the North.
As such, please realize that a more apt title may have been “Things that have been new and interesting to me in Missouri”:
- Popovers: a lovely dinner role that has a taller shape, and a more dense center than a typical dinner roll
- An interesting attachment to the past: southerners still seem very much connected to the civil war, because they occasionally refer to me as “yankee” (especially if they’re from Texas). Now, it would never occur to me, decades- centuries- after the war’s conclusion, to refer to southerners as rebels…but whatever
- Social Norms: it is not considered impolite to leave one’s shoes on when entering someone else’s home (and is often the practice to leave them on)
- The Sabbath: a higher percentage of businesses are closed on Sundays
- A race to the alter (okay, not really): but people get married much younger and being a 28-year-old single woman elicits looks of bewilderment or pity, condolences, and various offers to “hook you up” with a nice young man
- Nicknames: Walmart is also known as ‘Wally-World”
- The sun: Missouri’s much sunnier than Michigan. I was amazed when I first moved to Warrensburg that I could see a sunrise almost every morning
- Lack of recycling: very few people recycle, in fact, many labeled me a hippy for the fact that I generally try to be green
- Air conditioning: everyone has it (and abuses it if you ask me- why would you pay extra to keep it so cold?!)
- Lack of snow: not many people own shovels since the snow typically melts within 24 hours, and large quantities of snow elicit panic and the creation and liberal usage of terms such as “Snowpocalypse” ahaha, this still makes me laugh:)
- Hospitality and warmth: the people I came across in Missouri were some of the kindest, warmest, and open-hearted people I have ever met. I felt immediately accepted and supported and in no time at all felt I had a family away from my family.