I try to see the importance of putting small children in full adult make up, sexy clothes and teaching them horrendous "routines" for beauty pageants. I want to justify spending thousands of dollars on pageant fees and dresses like my neighbor does. I want her ability to look someone in the face and say "We eat macaroni and cheese every day for month so we can afford pageants, but we don't mind, it's for her future." and truly, truly believe like she does that putting her child in a beauty pageant at the age of 4 is going to assure her a lifetime of fame, fortune and adoring fans. I just can't go there in my head. Maybe it's because I like to eat a variety of food and that clouds my thinking. Maybe it's because a repeat of my But She's Pretty Child mooning the audience like she did in the church play one year was almost a guarantee. Whatever my reasons were, one thing was clear, putting 4 yr old's in slut training just never seemed like a good idea.
I want to understand the rabid football fans. I want to blindly believe that a high school career in football or cheerleading is the most important thing in the world for any teenage boy or girl. I want to commiserate with my friend who is breaking down in a torrent of tears over the fact that her freshman son sprained his knee and now his entire life is ruined because he can't play in the next two games and some football scout is going to miss seeing him. I want to understand that look of horror that passes over her face when I mutter "Well, he can still have a career in medicine or law." I think my grandfather summed it up best, he use to say "Football is the damdest game, one guy runs up and smells the other ones ass and then a fight breaks out."
I want to NEVER walk out of my house without a properly put together, color co-ordinate outfit, full make up and my hair perfectly styled. But if I just remember to put on shoes instead of my ever present house slippers and my Pee Wee Herman sleep pants have no holes or stains then I think I am good to go. It isn't a major concern if the T-shirt doesn't exactly match. I could be the poster child for People of Walmart. Besides, no one else wears a bra to Walmart either.
I want to understand men who hunt and fish as more than just a hobby. In the south it is a lifestyle. No self respecting southern man would think of not having a fully decked out wardrobe of camouflage and a pick up truck. ATV's and tree stands are a must. You must be as proficient in hunting with a bow and arrow as your are with a gun. Catfish Noodling is something that is beyond my scope of imagination so I am not even qualified to comment about it. The women are just as bad, I don't even have words to describe the pink camo effect and having to get your nails done before the big hunt.
I want to know just what people are going to do with bread and milk in a snow storm that consists of 1 inch of snow, I so want to understand that. Can you make a sandwich out of bread and milk? Do you dip the bread in the milk and then eat it? Why do schools and businesses close down completely at the mere mention of "a 10% chance of 1 inch of snow" in the forecast? In the north if you don't wake up to at least 12 inches of snow with 1 inch of ice underneath that is already on the ground then you know your butt is going to school or work. I understand the "we don't have the equipment to deal with it" thinking but really, just what do you have to do to deal with 1 inch of soft snow?
I want to understand NASCAR race fans. They frighten me. There is something not right about people willing to camp out for three days in blistering heat and tornado warnings who will defend to the death their favorite driver. The first thought in a tornado isn't "get to safety", it's "I have to stay and hold my spot or someone else will get it". Do they really think that holding on to those tent poles in 75mph winds is going to save them? I question the sanity of anyone who can sit and stare at a single object going around in circles for 6 hours straight. They can't all be autistic, there has to be another explanation. Like I said, they frighten me.
I love southern cooking, my body will attest to that. The south wins hands down over the north in the cooking department. However, I don't understand grits and okra. One is like eating sand and the other is like eating snot. I challenge anyone to make me understand how you can eat a muscadine when they smell like dirty feet. Actually I just want to know what a damn muscadine is!
Now if you will excuse me I think I will go sit on the veranda in my sleep pants, Mint Julep in hand and just pray these people don't cause me to have a hissy fit which would surely bring on the vapors.