"The Social Network of the South"
My mother was a refined and restrained Southern Lady from Old Mobile.
We ate okra with field peas and stewed tomatoes, wore lace chapellettes and gloves to church on Sunday, and never did we even entertain the idea of planting zinnias in the front yard.
That would be committing a grave sin in gardening.
Growing up just outside of New Orleans, I grew up hearing and speaking what I call the N'Awlins Chawmp . It's a melting pot of Mrs. Couvillion's Creole accent stewed with Mrs. Dautrieve's proper Sacred Heart speech, seasoned with the Cajun French Mrs. DiMaggio riffed when the live crabs for supper managed to escape the boiling pot and scurry across the kitchen floor. Add in the nuns at St. Robert's clipped Irish tirades (I was always in trouble with those nuns) and you got a special gumbo of Crescent City meets Brooklyn.
We didn't chomp, we chawmped. We didn't stomp, we stawmped.
And we said our y'all ... y'awll.
As in, The Chalmette Chawmers stawmped in the Mawdi Graw parade last night, y'awll.
Felt that? That was my mother ordering a thunderbolt custom monogrammed for me. She tried to teach her daughters to speak with a sweeter drawl worthy of the ruffled bloomers under an Azalea Trail Maid's hoop skirt.
In Mobile it's y'ahhll.
I learned to adapt my y'all drawl when I 'm at different family dinner tables. In New Orleans or the North Shore it's --
Y'awl! After that pawty last night I need a littla' my PJ's cawffee and a whole lotta Jesus this mornin'!
But in Mobile or over the Bay it's ...
Y'ahll hold it down please. Let me drink mah coffee and get ready for chuch (<not a typo). And save me a slivah of that pound cake before y'ahll all snarf it down.
This weekend I'm meeting some Facebook friends from all over the country who are attending a blogging conference being held in the ATL. I already know my written y'all is an eyeroller for some of my contacts with west coast addresses or middle America accents, but what can I say?
This is me. Southern y'all and all.
Y'all all have a good one now.
Reinventing... again? http://writermason.com/2013/09/23/reinventing-again/