I ask you the age old question, Are Southerners Really As Nice As You've Heard They Are?
You have heard this, haven't you? If not, where have you been? Do you live under a rock...
Now see, THAT comment wasn't very nice, but I'm not originally from the South. I'm from Texas, and although Texans are the friendliest people on the planet they're much more mouthy.
Putting all that aside,
I've come to a conclusion. The answer is yes. Southerner's Are Nice. Beyond Nice, they're super duper fantastically kind, big hearted and sweet.
Take my neighbor, Carl, for example. He's the owner of Franklin, the cat. I think it's crazy nice of him to feed the cat, flea/tick proof the cat, change the cat's litter box, and watch the cat while we're on vacation, because other than those activities, Franklin lives here with us. Hint: Make the neighbor's animals your very own pets. They do the work, you have the fun. Win/Win seet-chew-ay-shun.
The local waitress. She's offered me her kidney if and when I ever need one. I don't need it yet, but it's nice to know she is THERE if I do. Not really. BUT,she did offer me a big glass of sweet tea and gave it to me for FREE. Now that's just plain nice.
Fairhope Paint and Body. Fixed the hood on my car, and gave me touch up paint...and didn't charge me a penny to do it. THAT IS SO NICE!
Everybody I've met in this town... and I do mean everybody. Fortunately, I haven't met the 'jerky' couple Emily waited on last night at the Fly Creek cafe. They're probably out-of-towners...or alcoholics. Therefore their jerkiness can't be held against them.
Yes, folks, life is slower, kinder, and sweeter down here in Lower Alabama. And it should be. The air is beyond hot and humid-if a bunch of cranky, selfish people lived here murder and mayhem would break loose faster than you can say "outside is ten degrees hotter than hell" or "Well, don’t you look prettier than a glob of butter melting on a stack of wheat cakes."
P.S. NIE-US. It's a two syllable word...or three if you say it just right and let it hang for a second more.