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  • “Je me souviens” translates to “ I remember”. It is the motto of the province of
    Quebec. It is prominent on their license plates. When I lived in Florida, I thought it meant “run me in a ditch” and drove accordingly. I guess I gave them something to remember.

    If you live in the deep south, and Florida does qualify, you wish all the New Yorkers would head north on I-95 with a Canadian under each arm. We had bumper stickers that said, “If it’s tourist season, why can’t I shoot them?” They drive all over the roads and never know where they are going. The turn signal (or intendicator in local drawl) has been on since somewhere in Ohio. And they don’t understand the local customs, nor do they think they have to.

    People, It’s not New York. We don’t keep time to a “New York minute”. We take the time to listen as well as speak. Folks in the south move and talk slower. Not because they are stupid, but because they enjoy each word that comes out of their mouths. Both the speaker and the listeners.

    It’s a joy to learn to speak “southern-ese”. Phrases like “taint no need to rush off now” and “Y’all come back now, y’hear?” roll off the tongue. Why the proper use of Y’all could fill volumes. It is past, present and future tense. It is both singular and plural.

    And the bonus of learning to speak like a southerner is getting what you want in the north! I know of what I speak. Any time I need something up here in the frozen tundra, I just throw in a couple of y’all’s and one or two maam’s with my slow southern drawl. Maybe even a “chile” (short for honey child) with an upward inflection. Works every time.

    I miss living in the south. Can’t you tell? Y’all quit now!
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