I’m from South Louisiana. We do things differently down there – even differently from the rest of our state. For instance, we still pronounce the surname “Richard” like “REE-shard.” Many of us still speak French. We don’t have a southern accent.
But things in North Louisiana are different from things in South Louisiana, which is not a bad thing; it’s just a different thing. And besides, I like their differences.
Here are ten reasons why:
1. They speak with a southern accent! (Man, I wish I talked like that!)
2. They say things like “over yonder” for “over there” and “billfold” for “wallet”…
- Mama: “I can’t find my billfold.”
- Daddy: “I think I saw it over yonder.”
…and everything is a “big ol’ ” this or a “li’l ol’ ” that.
- Mama: “Did you see that big ol’ snake in the back yard?”
- Daddy: “Yeah, but it was nothing but a li’l ol’ garden snake.”
3. Pick-up trucks are the primary mode of transportation.
4. Men open doors for women (and pull out chairs, and help them doff their coats) – not as a sign of chauvinism, but as a sign of respect (and even adoration).
5. Young people offer their seats to the elderly.
6. No matter what their age, boys and girls, men and women still say “yes/no, ma’am” and “yes/no, sir” to their elders.
- (Phone rings)
- 50-year-old son: “Hello?”
- His 75-year-old mother: “Y’all comin’ to the house for supper? Y’all said y’all were comin’ after church.”
- 50-year old son: “Yes, ma’am. We’re fixin’ to leave right now.”
7. The biggest city is Shreveport with less than 200,000 inhabitants. And all around there are trees, fresh air, bayous, lakes, rivers – in other words, a person has lots of breathing room!
8. They make the best fried catfish EVER!
9. They say, “Bless her/his heart” in order to express sympathy.
- “Donna Sue has been all over town with her mama, and she couldn’t find a single decent prom dress, bless her heart.”
10. And the main reason I love North Louisiana…My husband is from there. 🙂