Raising Rednecks

Tuesday, March 23, 2010
We knew it was a cultural blend when my California Surfer Dude asked this Southern Belle to be his wife. He teased me mercilessly for being an Atlanta Aristocratic Debutante and we wondered what hybrid our children would be with such cultural diversity in their family history. We figured that living overseas for the better half of their lives would contribute to socially adjusted, culturally aware, well rounded kids.
Ive been slow it admit it, but today confirmed….living on a lake in a small town in what is affectionately referred to as the armpit of the south (the Carolinas) has bred in these kids, just a bit of country flair!
Signs that you may be raising rednecks:
You actually know people who butcher and eat venison road kill.
Your sweet friend delivers eggs from a local hen farm on a weekly basis.
Your five year-old knows what skinny-dipping is.
A meat truck drives by delivering steaks out of a cooler in the back of a pick-up.
You reference “going into town”.
You’re not only on a first name basis, but have play dates with your pharmacist, and pediatric nurse.
You’ve ever had to vacate the house due to a malfunctioning septic tank.
A neighbor has yard art; an assortment of 13 toilets, fake floral arrangements, and a rebel flag displayed on his lawn.
Grocery shopping is a social outing.
Recess time for you homeschooled kids involves driving the John Deer to help daddy burn leaves in the back yard and chasing your sisters around with a three-foot snake.

And lastly, instead of an ice-cream truck chiming music, your kids beg for a dollar when Pete drives his “ice cream boat” by while blaring twangy Garth Brooks.
I have to admit, its strangely refreshing….livin’ in the country!
…Ya’ll knowhatimean?

  • Josie says:

    very cute and funny

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  • Anonymous says:

    Love it!! Minus the snake. Make sure that bad boy is gone before the next time I drive by the toilets. Which reminds me…..I have been meaning to ask….. what is up with that? I love your redneck kiddos!!

  • Laura says:

    I love this post! It is pretty funny. We saw your neighbor’s “yard art” and thought it was the craziest thing we have ever seen!

  • Embrace it friend!! God has so blessed you!! You are a blessing to me!! =) Thanks for sharing!! PS have you read ‘thepioneerwoman.com’ ??? Just wondered?? It would put your mind at ease!! =)

  • daysease says:

    OH, NO!! Sounds to me like I recognize just one too many of those things mentioned on your list… I suppose I just chucked it up to being “Country Folk” now, but… I just may be raising my own 1/2 hillbillies… here in Italy. AHH! Problem is… I am so not a country folk. I am a suburban mamma thrust into a country life. Yard art!!! hahahahahahaha!!! I tried counting bathtubs as I passed a long stretch of houses here in the country, in southern Italy. i had to give up. Too many. They have gotten really good at recylcling such said items… Great for handwashing a comforter that is too big to fit into a teeny washing machine… Great for feeding the animals one may have on their farm. Great for, what you said, yard art… sitting there just because. sigh… there are pluses and minuses.

  • daysease says:

    I linked this post… at my family blog


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