Your name is? Mary
You’re from? Louisville, KY
Blog link? Bluegrass Belle
Favorite Southernbelleism? “We Southern Belles may appear to be as dainty and delicate as magnolia petals, but we are as strong as cypress roots.”
Favorite Place in the South? It’s a tossup between my college campus and Atlantic Beach, N.C. The first is because of the whole atmosphere and all of my wonderful friends, and the second because my family vacations there every summer and it’s absolutely stunning.
Favorite Southern Quote? “Well, they’re Southern people, and if they know you are working at home they think nothing of walking right in for coffee. But they wouldn’t dream of interrupting you at golf.” - Harper Lee
Favorite Southern Movie? I’ve gotta give it to “Steel Magnolias.” It’s a wonderful story, and the connections between those women are so true to form of real Southern women. It hooks me every time I see it.
Life Favorites: The fact that I can drive with my windows down well into November, the way Kentucky grinds to a halt during March Madness, my incredible sorority sisters who have seen me through some of my toughest times, Old Hickory barbeque on trips back to my Owensboro roots, the way chance brought me to my college even when I didn’t know it would be everything I needed in a school, soaking up the sunshine with a glass of sweet tea and a good book. I could go on and on. It really is about the simple things with me, though. I’d pick a big bowl of shrimp and grits over caviar any day.
What makes me a Southern Belle? To me, being a Southern Belle is all about love: love of the South, our heritage and customs, and who we are as Southern women. It’s a midnight summer drive in my friend’s truck with the windows down and an old George Strait song playing. It’s treating everyone we meet, be it the governor or the garbage man, with respect and courtesy. It’s the memory of the diner at the top of the gravel lane to my grandmother’s farm where I grew up drinking RC cola and eating fried okra. And I’m not claiming to be the most “traditional” Southern Belle – I drive a foreign car and I lost most of my accent in the move to Oklahoma and back. But I love where I come from and who it’s made me. And when people ask me where I live, I get to smile and say “Kentucky, home of the Derby and bourbon and the best barbeque in the country.”
—This Featured Southern Belle is from the blog owner’s home state!—