Bless Their Hearts: 5 Things Southerners Just Don’t Understand About The North

March 25, 2024
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Ah, the North—a land as mystifying to us Southerners as why anyone would choose unsweetened tea. It’s a place where the pace is rushed, the winters are ruthless, and the accents can bend your ear in ways you never thought possible. So, pull up a chair, and let’s have a little chat about the quirks and conundrums of our Northern neighbors that leave us scratching our heads, all in good fun, of course.

1. The Hustle and Bustle

Time Lapse Photography of Train
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First off, what’s the rush, y’all? Down here, we savor life like a slow-cooked gumbo—rich, complex, and unhurried. Up North, it seems everyone’s always in a hurry, zipping around like a cat on a hot tin roof. They walk fast, talk fast, and even their coffee is “express.” It’s enough to make a Southerner yearn for a front porch and a slower pace.

2. Sweet Tea Misunderstandings

Sliced Lemon on a Cold Drink

Order a sweet tea up North, and you might as well have asked for moonshine distilled from the Fountain of Youth. The looks you’ll get! For us, sweet tea is not just a beverage– it’s a way of life—a symbol of hospitality and leisure. Up there, it’s a foreign concept. Bless their hearts, they try, but adding sugar to cold tea just doesn’t work.

3. Winter: A Whole Different Beast

Red Sedan in the Middle of Forest
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Our Northern cousins must have a special kind of resilience to endure their winters. While a single snowflake can send a Southern city into pandemonium, up North, life doesn’t skip a beat for anything less than a foot of snow. They navigate ice like professional skaters, while we might prefer hibernation until the azaleas bloom again.

4. That Northern Directness

Angry Couple Having a Conversation in the Street
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In the South, we’re masters of the art of subtlety and suggestion. Our “bless your heart” can mean anything from genuine sympathy to thinly veiled disapproval. Up North, they tend to say what they mean and mean what they say, without the sugar-coating, colorful language, or the whimsy and metaphor we’re accustomed to. There may be something to be said for that kind of bluntness, but a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.

5. The Culinary Conundrum

Diced Buttermilk Cornbread on a Table Among Other Cakes
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Our Northern friends have made significant contributions to American cuisine—hello, New York pizza and Boston clam chowder. But sometimes, we can’t help but wonder if they’ve ever truly experienced the ecstasy of a perfectly fried green tomato or the divine inspiration of a warm biscuit or banana pudding. It’s a culinary gap that’s both baffling and a bit of a missed blessing.

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