Monday, February 23, 2009

Northern Charm?

The following thoughts come from something I saw on TV a while ago and the time I recently spent in West Palm Beach. 

Part One: I don’t remember what I was watching, but that’s beside the point. This woman on the show was talking about how she moved to New York from Virginia and was trying to figure out “how to be a New Yorker” because people were so rude to her and didn’t appreciate her “Southern Charm.”

Part two: I recently spent some time in West Palm Beach. There are a TON of transplanted Yankees in Florida in general, but West Palm Beach is littered with them. They make our home, a “second home” or a “winter place,” and we let them. Something about it’s good for the economy (whatever!)

These two things got me thinking. Why can the same northerners be rude to someone who has relocated from the South to the North, but when they transplant themselves or come down for “the winter” we just have to accept them? What’s up with that?

Something else that made me think (not at the time, but now that I’m writing) was when my mom and I went to breakfast in the hotel. She ordered a sweet tea, and THEY DIDN’T HAVE ANY!!! The lady said they didn’t have any made in the mornings. SERIOUSLY???? If that isn’t proof that northerners have taken over the South, I don’t know what is. (Well, it’s that, or we were actually far enough South that we weren’t in “the South” anymore, and we were actually closer to Cuba than the South.)

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