Today, Elle will guide you on: Small Southern Towns -
Small towns are often portrayed in unrealistic ways and as someone who grew up in a small town, has family in small towns all over the South, and has watched every episode of Gilmore Girls, Leave It to Beaver, Roseanne, Hart of Dixie, and Dawson’s Creek and has watched Psycho over 100 times according to iTunes, I felt that I had enough of this knowledge within my mind to pour into a guide.
Chances are, there will not be more than 200-300 people in the entire school. My cousin went to school in a town called Muscle Shoals in Alabama and her graduating class had 74 people, meaning there were only 296 kids in her school, give or take a few. If set in a real town, check the size of the population. Write bios for the elderly neighbor that dotes on everyone as if they were their own child or the owner of the local diner where everyone stops in after school.
Everybody knows everyone. Think this is just something that people from small towns say to exaggerate? Think again. When I lived in Ohio, I went to a concert 200 miles from my house and met someone who knew my cousin. Ohio is the best place for small towns, if you ask me. There are these lovely places that are commonly referred to as BFE (Bum Fucking Egypt) and these places are miles and miles and miles from anything.
We don’t have Lacrosse or a swim team. Unless your class size is 300+, you probably won’t even have a football team. My cousin’s school was open for almost forty years before they got a football team. They didn’t have the funding and the team was pulled the next season. These are the things that should be taken into account when you make a small town RP. Basketball is typically our sport and we take it seriously.
They’re involved in everything. You go to a party and don’t want them to know? Too bad. Chances are they’re friends with the parents of the kid that throws the party and you get ratted out after the kid that threw the party doesn’t clean up in time. You’re on a sports team? Your parent will be there and they will be cheering. Several of my cousins played sports and I can still remember driving three hours into Kentucky for a two hour basketball game only to drive home after it was over with a sore butt from sitting on cold, hard bleachers.
Little Things -
- Y’all is our most used phrase.
- If you’re a girl, more than likely you love Lily Pulitzer (may she rest in peace) and cowboys.
- God, Family, and Sweet Tea are the three essentials to a southern girl.
- Cowboy/Cowgirl boots. Nuff said.
- “American by birth. Southern by the grace of God!”, “A hell raisin’ sugar when the sun goes down, Momma taught her how to rip up the town!”, and . ”I’m a whiskey drinkin’. cowboy chasin’, hell of a time!” are great descriptions for us.
- “Where I come from, its cornbread and chicken. Where I come from a lot of front porch sittin’. Where I come from, tryin’ to make a livin’. And workin’ hard to get to heaven. Where I come from.”
- If you can’t quote Mama on it, it probably ain’t true!
- We are not all Southern Belle’s. We like to go muddin’ and we like farms.
- If you don’t have Southern Hospitality, you need to reevaluate yourself.
- God made dirt and dirt don’t hurt!
- The Real Housewives of Atlanta is not the end all, be all when it comes to the South.
- Rules on Men: Either shoot it, stuff it, or marry it!