Things I’ve learned about myself and the world

Growing up in the South provided me with a unique opportunity to be uninformed about the rest of the world. I mean my favorite childhood memory is shelling peas and drinking Pepsi from the Piggly Wiggly (or was it Winn-Dixie?). It should be obvious that I wasn’t exactly cultured in any sense of the word, except the Southern sense.

Traveling around the world and now living in Brazil, meeting diverse people and learning from them has caused me to expand my borders a bit. Here are a few things I’ve learned about the world:

1. Earl Grey tea rocks. (Thanks to my Brit friend, Clare!) Nothing like a little down time in the afternoon with a cup of tea.

2. Fish does not have to be fried to be enjoyed. You can make a meal off of sushi. (Again, thanks to Clare.)

3. For the majority of the world, football doesn’t involve the use of helmets and shoulder pads.

4. Underwear in the rest of the world is designed for those who wax.

5. Wherever you go, you are there. And Coca-cola tastes the same. Even when drinking it out of a plastic bag.

6. Most of the rest of the world doesn’t use hairspray.

7. It is possible to say a complete sentence without using the word “ya’ll”…ya’ll.

8. The American flag in some places gets the same response as the Confederate flag up North.

9. SpongeBob translates well.

I had some others I forgot. I’ll share more as they come to me.

3 thoughts on “Things I’ve learned about myself and the world

  1. 7. It is possible to say a complete sentence without using the word “ya’ll”…ya’ll.

    Are ya’ll sure about that one?

    I have to comment on #6, too- I just HAVE to. Moving south, I felt like I went back to the ’80s. Seems like so many people have BIG STIFF hair down here. Some women that I see in the stores, I swear if they ran at me with their heads lowered, I’d be afraid I’d get impaled on their hair.
    However, the biggest hair I ever, ever, ever saw in my life was up in Maine. This woman had a hairdo that looked like it came out of 17th century France. It was a TOWER of hair that rose (I’m not kidding) 2 1/2 feet into the air, straight up. She was a teeny little thing, too, so her hair was almost 1/2 of her body length, making the top of her “do” taller than tall men.

  2. no hairspray?!?

    Are you kidding me?
    What about gel? Detangler? Frizzeez? Mousse? For the love of hair, a girl’s gotta have a nice selection of all of these, the most important being the spray. hmph.

  3. Hey you must be KD- I came here via thatgirlygirl – Love your Blog! Needed a laugh tonight.
    Tg- I have none of those, I’ll even confess we don’t own a hairdrier.(But, alas natural beauty is highly over-rated)
    BTW I’m julie from Verla’s

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