Southern Stories

John was a man in his fifties who owned and ran a hardware store in a small Southern town. He and a group of other ownners got together mid-morning for a cup of coffee.  They had met like this for years.  Over a cup or two of coffee they had shared stories of happiness and loss associated with their family members.

On this day John tells his friends that his daughter Julie would have her Bachelors Degree from Ole Miss in a few days.  They congratulated him on her accomplishment, knowing he had a lot to do with it as well. John told them Julie was also planning to get married in a few months.  The men congratulated John again.  Yet, John did not seem happy about the news.

One of his long time friends asked him was something wrong with the pening marriage.  John said he had met the "young fellow" and he seemed nice, but he lives up north.

John's friends joined him in a solemn face.  No Southern man wanted his daughter to move "up north" with a husband.  One of the otehr friends sked John where the "young fellow" was from.  John replied, "He comes from outside Memphis."

That may sound odd, but to a good Southerner, Memphis is not as Southern as a small town fifty miles south of Memphis.

 

John was a man in his fifties who owned and ran a hardware store in a small Southern town. He and a group of other ownners got together mid-morning for a cup of coffee.  They had met like this for years.  Over a cup or two of coffee they had shared stories of happiness and loss associated with their family members.

On this day John tells his friends that his daughter Julie would have her Bachelors Degree from Ole Miss in a few days.  They congratulated him on her accomplishment, knowing he had a lot to do with it as well. John told them Julie was also planning to get married in a few months.  The men congratulated John again.  Yet, John did not seem happy about the news.

One of his long time friends asked him was something wrong with the pening marriage.  John said he had met the "young fellow" and he seemed nice, but he lives up north.

John's friends joined him in a solemn face.  No Southern man wanted his daughter to move "up north" with a husband.  One of the otehr friends sked John where the "young fellow" was from.  John replied, "He comes from outside Memphis."

That may sound odd, but to a good Southerner, Memphis is not as Southern as a small town fifty miles south of Memphis.