I lived in South Arkansas, just 15 miles north of the Louisiana border, for 11 years before God graciously led our family into the Promised Land of the Texas Panhandle. Now by South I don’t just mean that this is the Southern portion of the United States. I’m talking about a group of people that are still holding fast to their Confederate roots and think that anyone who lives north of Little Rock is a Yankee. Well, if you ask anyone who knows me, they’ll most likely tell you that I’m from Texas and proud of it. As a matter of fact, there are those who might not even know that I was actually born in Arkansas. I am proud of being a Texan, no doubt about it. However, lately I’ve found myself reaching back further in my life’s history to that place and time when I was a true Southerner. (I still consider myself to be a true Southerner, mind you, and I’ll tell you why in a moment.)
The fact that I’m a Southerner has surfaced a lot lately. Very often at my job, I find myself talking to people who are also from the South, such as Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. On the other side of that coin, I also find myself talking to a lot of Northerners, who live in places like New York, Michigan (Jana, maybe you know some of them.), and New Jersey. Well, I’ve noticed that a funny thing has happened since I moved to Missouri. After 10 years in Texas, my Southern accent had begun to lessen. It didn’t take very long for me to lose just a tad of my Southern twang. It was a little sad, but I rested in the fact that I was gaining a loyalty to Texas that would make up for the accent loss.
Fast forward to a move to Tulsa, where I studied a lot of British literature, and the accent lessened even more.
So, what have we now, you ask? Well, after six months in Missouri, roughly twenty miles from the Arkansas border, guess what? The accent is making a comeback! Turns out, proximity to the state of my birth has affected me!
Okay, the title of my post? Yesterday I took a quiz titled “Are You a Yankee or a Rebel?“, and the result is that I am 100% Dixie! That’s right, five years in Oklahoma didn’t ruin me! I’m still a Southern Belle! (I knew it all along, I just needed the proof to back it up!)
So, my fellow blogging friends, if you have time, take the quiz and share the results. I’d really like to know how many true Southerners I can count on out there!