You’ve heard it before, but are afraid to say it aloud for fear of sounding boastful. Southern women are prettier than others. But wait just a cotton pickin’ minute. Is it true? Are we really prettier? I’ll let you in on a little secret. We’re not. Everyone just has that illusion because the truth is, we only try harder. Our secret weapon for loveliness, passed down by generations of Southern ladies, is our ability to make the best out of what we have, or in other words, “effort.”
The twins, Bayer and Bryant were mad at their mama for spending so much money on their little sister, Crimpsen. “Mama, you know me-n-Bryant need new baseball gloves, but you said we’d have to wait, and now she gets to to sign up for dumb old Miss Carol’s School of Baton Twirling? That ain’t fair!”
“First of all young man, don’t say, “ain’t, second of all, it’s ‘Bryant and I,’ and third of all, girls need these classes so they’ll know how to carry themselves in public someday. If she can learn to twirl, march and smile at the same time, there’s nothing that can stop her.”
The children’s mother was right. Even though Dixie darlings have the reputation of being the most beautiful women in the world, the truth is, we work at it, starting at an early age. Just like granny produced a feast from a cup of flour and a skinny chicken during the depression, if she works hard, Beulah Mae can clean up real nice-like and get a date for the dance.
The first line of the Southern classic, “Gone With the Wind” comes right out and admits it. “Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were.”
Those Tarleton twins, God love them. They fell for the oldest trick in the book. Scarlett had spent all morning squeezing her size two self into a size zero corset, pinched her cheeks and worked on her . . . click HERE to finish reading the story at AL.com