I have learned the meaning of “Southern Hospitality”. It’s an action. Local folks make a visitor as comfortable as possible.
They are genuine when saying “well, welcome to Tennessee!” Yes, they really mean it! Food is a large component of this sweet welcome. It’s all about bringing a dish and sharing. Who knew that banana pudding is a staple around here?!
It’s refreshing — people are just plain nice. I have become ‘nicer”.. My road rage is gone for the most part, I talk to people in the grocery line — and I even have gotten used to being called Ma’am! Yes — all the kids call you Ma’am or Miss (your name). Just raised that way.
When you are from Cali — well — you might get it. It was a irritating at first! With all the hustle there, it seems like people just won’t take a moment with strangers, mostly they want them out of their space. I am glad to say that I am enjoying this new hospitality and happy I made the move.
When I heard I’d be in the “bible belt” — again – not sure what that meant — were churchgoers going to harass me?
Not at all. There is a reflection of deeply-held religious beliefs in this region; the idea that one should be good to strangers. I have never seen so many churches — so many look like college campuses!