Thursday, March 28, 2013

Southern Mamas

After reading this book, I couldn't help but recommend it to my Southern Hope readers. Some are friendly Southerners, Mormon friends from Utah/Arizona (hey hey!), and the freezing cold readers in the Midwest. Not sure if I have any Northeast readers, if y'all are out there let me know!
This book is one I think any girl would enjoy with some fun advice.

I never thought I was raised by a southern mama. I thought everybody was raised the same way I was, sas was a no no and always wipe your feet at the door...
When I moved away from home, I slowly realized not everybody was raised the same....

So that's why I am sharing:
 Suck Your Stomach In & Put Some Color On! What Southern Mamas Tell Their Daughters That the Rest of Y'all Should Know Too.

My mom was raised in an Air Force family with two older sisters. They traveled all over, living on Air Force bases until they settled in Montgomery, AL when she was in 3rd grade. While my grandfather worked for the Pentagon, my grandmother had her hands full with three sassy filled teenage girls. Bless her heart, I can only imagine!

So in a way, all of these stories Tomlinson includes in her book were relayed to me either by my mom, aunts, grandmother, neighbors, or church family. Read more about the amazing women in my family by reading this post.

  • My Southern Mama always said I could get glad in the same pants I got mad in.
  • When trouble comes calling, our mamas taught us to pray-then we laugh, shop, and eat. Eating is not only allowed, but encouraged during each stage.
  • My Southern Mama said, "Always remember, Mom and God are watching you."
  • My Southern Mama said, "When you educate a man, you educate one person. When you educate a woman, you educate a family." (Amen and Amen)
  • Mama's advice on dating: "Never let any boy touch you anywhere for any reason."
  • My mama would only say that "nice girls don't do that." She never said what "that" was. (My own mother has said this numerous times).
  • My Southern Mama taught us to never leave a table after a meal and expect someone to clean up after us. If my sisters and I ate a meal at another house, say at a boyfriend's we knew the first thing out of our mother's mouth when we returned would be "Did you help clean up?" Once a boyfriend's mother insisted I leave the dishes and I said, "If I don't clean your kitchen, I can't come back." (Absolutely true for me!)
  • A lady doesn't raise her voice or point her finger.
  • Anytime someone within earshot complained about having an old "clunker" my grandmother Essie Owen Dunaway would say, "A po' ride is better than a proud walk." Another of her sayings that haunts me is, "A lazy woman can throw more out the back door than a good man can bring in the front door."
Tomlison ended her book with this explanation for people who question why Southerners are so proud (to the point of braggin) about our heritage:
"We go on about our manners because we have some. You'd be hard-pressed to find a Southern child who has reached the age of accountability without being removed from the room and disciplined for making insensitive comments to the host. As for our food, for the life of me I don't see how anyone could blame us for going there! With special thanks to the Good Lord, the land, and the skills of our aforementioned mamas, the list of mouthwatering Southern dishes is endless. We go on and on about such things because we see in our lives something worth celebrating."
And with that ladies and gentlemen I say good day!  
PS- It was only fittin' that my bookmark was a coupon for Chick-fil-A! 


Mom said...

Loved the last part - it says it all!!

J. said...

I'm a southern transplant and boy was it a culture shock. The first time I was "Yes Ma'amed"I about fell over. I couldn't believe anyone would think was old enough to be called Ma'am then I I get ruffled when I go home and kids call me by my first name. Funny how things change

Ginger said...

I love it!

Shellie Tomlinson said...

Well, now, I was hammering out some deadlines when Whitney dropped a precious note into my email box about blogging my book. Nothing doing but I had to take a break and run over here to join the discussion. (Besides, I really, really, really, needed a break, can you tell? *grin) What a sweet review, Whitney! THANK YOU. :) I'm so honored that you enjoy it that I want to do something nice in return. I've released a second book in this series called "Sue Ellen's Girl Ain't Fat, She Just Weighs Heavy". If you send me your mailing address, I'll be happy to sign it and send it right out, compliments of yours truly. How's that?

Whitney B. said...

THIS ^^^^^^^^^^ right here^^^^^^^^ just made my day!! Can't believe it!!! I am absolutely dying!!! This is another testament on why Southern people are so amazing!!!

Andrea said...

I'm not Southern, but I kind of wish I was! Sounds like a fun book.

Giggles said...

I love things like that. My grandpa, obviously not a Southern Mom (not Southern in any sense), had some great sayings along those lines as well. I love those types of nuggets of truth.