Just in time for Father’s Day.
A Southern gentleman is different than other men. I should know. I married a man who is “not from around these parts,” but over the years, have seen the Southern sun seep into his skin and the thick humid air of the South melt his cranky-yankee heart. It’s been a transformation of scientific note.
He now says things like, “cut off the lights” and “y’all come inside when the lightening bugs show up.” He claims he’s just translating for me, but I know that after being in the Southern climate since he was 9 years old, and married to me for 20 years, the fruits of my labor are finally paying off. Perfection takes time. (I’m still working on his drawl).
I’m also raising two Southern gentlemen who know to say, “yes ma’am,” and “yes sir.” They know to hold chairs and doors for ladies, and they also know the importance of getting outdoors and enjoying this beautiful place where they live. They can “wrastle” each other to the death, then get up, brush off, and write a thank you note to their Great Aunt. They can cook their fresh catch over an open campfire and can also whip up a delicious brunch for their Mama with a correctly set table. These boys know how to polish a pocketknife as well as the family silver.
I learned how to raise my boys from watching my Daddy. He’s a knowledgeable outdoorsman who also knows everything about music. He’s well read and educated but is kind to those who are not. He always has a joke that is ready and suitable for the company of ladies and can cheer on his football team with a hot fervor then teach Sunday School the next day to the idiots who cheered for the other team.
Men come in all varieties. But one thing is certain – a Southern gentleman is appreciative of the women around him. When we ladies feel good about ourselves, we are indeed in the presence of a Southern gentleman.
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