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What Happened to that good ‘ole Southern Hospitality?

What Happened to that good ‘ole Southern Hospitality?

When you think about the part of the United States known as the “Deep South”, what thoughts come to your mind? Probably things like southern belle accents, sweet tea, big white houses on huge plots of land, and people who talk to you as if they’ve known you forever when you only met just minutes ago…among many others, I’m sure. Upon a recent visit to Mississippi, Matt got a pretty good look at some down home southern hospitality…or was it a lack thereof? We spent three nights in Mississippi and quite honestly have never been so happy to be back in Texas. I felt like everywhere we went, we stuck out like sore thumbs, maybe because we have different accents or because we were genuinely nice to complete strangers…whatever the reason…I have a fear that southern hospitality is falling by the wayside. Texas, for a very long time, has been known as the “friendly state”, but I was always under the impression that friendly and southern hospitality were the same thing. Apparently, I was very wrong. People we encountered who were cordial to us in the beginning suddenly turned to being merely tolerant when they found out we were from Texas. I understand that as Texans, we have extreme amounts of pride for our state, but seriously…is there a need to hate us? We were in Mississippi to attend a wedding of some really good friends and it felt like the weekend would never end. On my way to the wedding (I was alone because Matt was actually in the wedding) I had to run a couple of quick errands for the groomsmen. Granted I was dressed to the nines in a shimmery little dress and some pretty tall heels, it was definitely not worth the disgusting cat calls I got from dirty old men. Come on folks, whatever happened to just being respectful? I guess the way we were treated over the weekend, just makes me rethink how I treat people who may not be from around here. Because of the lack of respect, gratitude, and hospitality we received, we now have a bad taste of Mississippi in our mouths and barring another wedding being held there…will probably never return. Just keep in mind the standards and expectations people have of those of us who live in the South and lets make sure they retain those images of southern hospitality instead of leaving a sour taste in their mouths.

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