TODAY THE WORDS are WHAT IS A SOUTHERN BELLE? Books have been written about the eloquently dressed lady. The Southern Belle character can float down the stairs and dance gracefully with her fan and billowing skirts. She can charm the guests with southern hospitality and manners, while at the flip of a hand, can tell a rude guest where they can put their nasty words. Scarlet O’Hara was the picture of a true Southern belle also and we saw a woman who, during the hardest and most difficult times, was steadfast in her mission, who could be tender one minute and ready to fight the next. We cry because we are happy; we cry because we are sad; but we cry over important, meaningful times in our lives or in others’ lives; and we cry when we see injustice or cruelty to people and/or animals; and we cry when we see people doing good Samaritan acts of kindness.

Southern women know the movies that speak to their hearts:

Fried Green Tomatoes 
Driving Miss Daisy 
Steel Magnolias 
Gone With The Wind

I thought I would share a few thoughts on how we as Southern ladies look at things in the South. I feel there are exceptions to this description; however, most of the women who are reading this post in my home state of Georgia will relate to this message. Even though there are silver spoons in existence, a lot of us never used them growing up. We had the more practical flatware, silver plated at best. We worked side by side with others starting out young; we had chores to do before school and after school. We were taught respect to our parents, as well as other adults, and even to each other (we might have stepped over a few boundaries in the school yard once in a while). Our brothers and sisters were our own individual “army” and we would fight if someone hurt one of us. It was common courtesy to say Yes Ma’am and Yes Sir; Thank You and You’re Welcome. As is obvious, we have a southern accent but it was made for us to slow down and think about what the other person was really saying to us. We feel a necessity to feed our guests in our homes (times have changed somewhat with the younger generation forgetting the tradition, but go to an older Southern Belle’s home and the cast iron skillet comes out).

Now for my deeper thought….Take away the Southern accent and look around as God wants us to be fearless in our lives, well mannered and even gentle to others, kind in our actions but steadfast to our beliefs, giving and charitable but protective with our rights and family. Maybe in our faith we should take the stand of a true Southern Belle!

 Proverbs 31:30  King James Version (KJV)

30 Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.

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Author: sippingcupsofinspiration

A blogger since 2012, a published author of three Five Star romance novels, A MISTRESS, A WIFE and TELL ME LIES; LOVE ME STILL and RIDDLE ME THIS, LOVE OR BLISS. Still a small town girl with a lot of experience of people watching. Ten years of blogging experience.

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