Happy Thanksgiving Y’all!

I was born in the north, but the south is where I call home. I’ve now lived more than half of my life here. I love everything about where I live: the weather, the people, the sweet lilting accent, sweet tea, collards and cornbread.

And I’m here to tell you, Southern Hospitality is NOT dead. My dear mother-in-law is from Boston. It drives her crazy with how friendly people are here. We’ll go to the grocery store and everyone smiles and nods a hello. The cashier will strike up a conversation with you. The young man bagging the groceries helps you to your car and won’t accept a tip. She’s all like, “What do they want from you?” I just laugh.

Along with the friendliness there’s a delightful mix of craziness. I’ve met my fair share of characters. Which makes this story, Alice’s Restaurant, totally believeable.

No Thanksgiving is complete without listening to Alice’s Restaurant by American folk singer Arlo Guthrie. It’s a bit long but if you don’t have your own copy or a radio station that plays this on Thanksgiving Day I saved you the trouble of finding it. Enjoy! And Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!

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9 responses to “Happy Thanksgiving Y’all!

  1. Steven Harris

    This is my favourite Arlo song. Reminds me of a time when I watched the Woodstock video endlessly and then sat down to ‘I Love You Alice B Tokeless’.

  2. I can’t see the video on this computer, but I hope you and your family have a wonderful day!

  3. I like Arlo too. Happy Thanksgiving Jane

  4. I am in the midwest, but lived 3 years in the south. It’s a transition, but you are so right … the people are wonderful and there is something to be said about southern hospitality! Cheers!

  5. submom

    Thanks for the video. 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. I love living in the south! Around here, there are no strangers. And I think that generally, the further south you go, the people become even nicer. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
    -Jen

  7. Though I am happily sitting here in South Carolina for the holiday (and have come here every year of my life), I am such a Northerner. In college, I spent a summer working in Chicago. My roommate and I dragged bags of groceries home from the store and a young man ran up behind us to offer to help and I started running. The thought of someone being generous was beyond me. Anyway, it is good for me to travel south a time or two per year, to remind myself that strangers do smile and that hospitality is not dead.

    A belated Happy Thanksgiving to a new and cherished blogging colleague (whatever that means – I am still in a food coma and making little sense)!

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