I live in Cincinnati, right on the border of granola and grits. The Ohio River is not very wide, I mean people swim across the thing…usually after a few beers but that’s another blog.
On the south side of the Ohio River sushi is, and always will be, bait and granola is squirrel food. On the north side if you order sweet tea they toss you a packet of sweet-and-low. I don’t have big hair but I use hairspray, I love sweet tea and pork is the food of the gods but it has to be free-range pork where they treat the piggies nice.
So, am I North or South? The reason this is important, is my book is set in the South, so what part of my life goes into to the story and what gets ditched? I made a checklist to find out want part of me was Belle and what part was Deb.
So my question is… Who are you? Are you a Deb or a Belle?
-Do you never wear white after Labor Day or before Easter or do you go by the weather?
-Do you own a strand of real pearls and wear them with pride or are you into beads?
-Does a part of you truly believe in damn Yankees or are the Yankees the baseball team in NYC?
-Civil War? What Civil War? That there was the unfortunate Northern Aggression!
-Do you have Lee as part of your name or your children’s name or is it Kaitlin?
-Are GWTW, Steel Magnolias, Fried Green Tomatoes, and Something to Talk About your favorite movies and you recognize all the places or are you a Sex and the City girl and watch The Wire?
-Do you have a tiara hidden in your panty drawer? Do you know how to twirl a baton, or do you have a hockey stick in the closet beside your down coat?
-Do you have a daddy or a dad?
-Does the term red-eye go with gravy or taking a picture?
-Do you make biscuits from your grandma’s cookbook or buy them from the bakery?
-Do you prefer country club and the beauty salon or prime real estate in NYC and the mall?
-White gloves or black leather?
-Southern Living or Martha Stewart?
-Sundresses or shorts?
-Pineapple doorknocker or lion’s head?
-Mind your manners or mind your business?
-Follow NASCAR or NFL?
-Drive a hard bargain or drive an SUV
So, how do you measure up? Is a part of you a Southern Belle? Part of you Northern Deb? All of one or the other? Do you know someone who is?
I am definitely a closet Southern Belle! I do make fried chicken and bathtub gravy. That’s what my kids call my cream gravy because they could eat a bathtub full of it. I do make my own pies, have white gloves, crab at my kids if they don’t mind their manners, buy extra-hold hair spray, subscribe to Southern Living, have a fancy umbrella that I’ve been known to twirl from time to time and I do know how to twirl a baton for real. I even took lessons and still have the baton!
On the Southern Belle scale I’m about a 7. Well, maybe an 8. Guess that’s why I wanted to write a book and set it in Savannah. What is your Southern Belle Score? Your Deb score?
Ya’ll have a good day now, ya’ hear.
Hugs, Duffy Brown