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After years of straddling the Illinois/Wisconsin border, where a good day is one without a snowpocalypse, I recently took a giant leap and moved to Georgia to be with the love of my life. The location was little more than a side note at the time of the move, but a few months into the transition I started to catch on to several perks to living in the south. For northerners who may be curious about how the “other half” lives, or southerners looking for a fresh perspective, I’ve compiled my eight favorite things about living in the south:
8 ) The music. Sure, you can get country stations up north and hip hop in the south. Still, I’ve found that every music experience is enhanced in the deep south. Country seems more fitting and anything else carries an added layer of rebellion. They say that rap music is most popular among white suburban kids. Driving past the silos and open fields here, blasting Nirvana brings me to a whole new level of cool. Well, at least in my own mind, but isn’t that what matters?
7) Spanish moss. Where I’m from, moss on trees is a bit like mold on bread—it grips the form of the tree in a shade that suggests something has gone bad. Here, wisps of Spanish moss form a transition between the harsh lines of branches and the surrounding environment that produces a natural softness that is sheer beauty.
6) A church for every family. I mean this literally—it seems that every family must have its own church, along with an independent cemetery. The small churches sprinkled along the countryside intrigue me like a kid looking at a neighbor’s treehouse. What happens in these churches? I imagine them to be kind of like clubhouses, with all parishioners bonded as kin.
5) Winn-Dixie. I’ve never actually seen the movie, but every time I hear about this grocery chain or see a Winn-Dixie ad, I think of a movie about a dog. Winn-Dixie has great deals too. I love it.
4) Better gas mileage (relative to neighbors). They say everything’s relative, and it’s true. I was happy about investing in a fuel efficient car up north. Driving among the tractors and pickups in this near-$4/gallon atmosphere, I feel downright blessed. Yes, I said “blessed.” It’s a southern thing.
3) Goats and armadillos. And biodiversity in general. It may not be the rain forest, but I love a place where you can see an errant goat grazing by the wayside (I would assume after a farmer left his gate open) and an armadillo in the same day. Where I come from, anything that isn’t a deer, cow or squirrel is considered exotic.
2) The weather (duh). Okay, I’ve long understood that the south has the north beat when it comes to winter weather. Still, there’s something striking about actually witnessing things coming into bloom before my friends in the north are able to comfortably retire their snow shovels for the season. I understand that I will pay for this in the heat of summer.
1) Biscuits. Some places down here offer biscuits as one of your “bread options.” It may not be the smartest calorically, but: Buttery, flaky goodness. Need I say more? With food like this, I could start to believe in heaven. No wonder religion is so big down here.