Descriptive Essay on a Southern Lifestyle

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English 1010
23 April 2012

Southern Lifestyle
What is a southern lifestyle? Some may say that southern is a stereotype, but I like to think of it as more of a way of life. It is important that people from the south know exactly what it means to really be southern so that it ends being a stereotype. The southern lifestyle ranges from everyday manners, men being gentlemen, women acting like ladies, southern families, and most of all being southern about it all. Some people may associate the word southern with redneck or hillbilly. When people associate the words together then they are uneducated. Being southern is something to be proud about. When southern children are growing up they are taught what to and what not to do. They learn how to treat others from piers to the elderly. While growing up the children play outside in the woods, creeks, and mud instead of sitting inside watching the television. It is really a great thing to grow up in the south with a great family. “Growing up Southern is a privilege, really. It’s more than where you’re born, it’s an idea and state of mind that seems imparted at birth. It’s more than loving fried chicken, sweet tea, football, and country music. It’s being hospitable, devoted to front porches, magnolias, moon pies and coca-cola... and each other. We don’t become Southern - we’re born that way (sotypicallyme.com)”. Southern people are very hospitable. They know what is right from what is wrong. They put their napkins in their laps. They respect everyone, especially their elders. They make everyone feel welcome. If they have new neighbors they take them baked goods. Southern people were taught very well by their parents and their grandparents, which their lessons have been passed down through many generations. Being southern is a great thing and something to be proud of weather you are a girl or a guy. In the south girls are southern belles, proud to have learned from her mother and grandmother. She knows how to use her...
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