Throughout the South, belles put out silver that is dented and bent with large scratches.
The belles just smile and say "My great-grandmother hid this from the Yankees by burying it in her yard during the War of Northern Aggression." They are proud of their great-grandmothers for doing this.
These are the rules that separate those who move to the South from those who come from the South. A Southern girl learns them by watching and listening to her doting mother, aunt or grandmother.
The real Southern traditions are passed down from generation to generation.
Say, "Bless your heart." No matter what insult follows this remark, it is never considered insulting. That is where we get married, make our debuts and possibly meet our future husbands.
When I travel anywhere else and order iced tea, I always get Arizona Iced Tea. It is merely a poor representation of the best liquid substance on Earth.Its not the soft Southern drawl that makes a girl a belle; its the quality of her traditions.In the South, it is not so much what you do, but rather how you do it.I would rather have my grandmothers teapot collection than a Gucci bag-and I want to work in the fashion business. When I explain different aspects of my life to them, I can see their minds going blank.What Southerners put above all else are breeding and manners. I can only imagine that they think a Southern belle is a woman who drinks iced tea and eats grits.For those of you hoping to pick up a few tips about how to be a Southern belle, remember this: a belle is born, not made.To be a southern belle is to live life with subtle nuances of tradition and good manners that never go out of style.The most important thing to a Southerner is not money.In fact, some of the best families in the South have not had money for generations.But, more than just food and drink makes someone a Southern belle.It is a good idea to make sure your pearls and silver are always real. If she does not inherit one when she is born, her mother and godmother pick it out for her before her christening.