Let me start by saying that I am in no way saying that one region is better than another. I am simply pointing out the differences between where I came from (Iowa) and where I am now (Georgia). Both places have their pros and cons and are full of their own personality and charm.
Having married a southerner, I thought the big move to the South would be relatively non-eventful. I got used to his accent years ago after all! Well, the differences between the Midwest and the South encompass more than just the way we speak, and some really caught me off guard.
So, none of the roads here are straight. I don’t have a great sense of direction and these curvy roads really mess with me! In Iowa (especially the central part of the state), you can count on roads running North/South and East/West, and I got pretty used to navigating in this way. ‘Travel 10 miles north, then head east for 3 miles…destination XYZ will be on the left’. Not so much down here. Needless to say, my GPS (Geraldine) has become one of my closest friends.
I was actually surprised by the lack of southern accent around here. Granted, I think it is kind of a suburb of Atlanta thing and that many people are actually transplants themselves. Get outside the metro area and the lovely southern drawl is more prevalent, but in my experience so far, it is not at all uncommon to hear a mixture of accents from the Northeast, to Southern, to Midwest in the same grocery store trip.
There are also some different words and phrases that I had to get used to. A ‘Buggy’ is what you use to gather your goods at the grocery store. You ‘carry’ someone to the store, and that means you drive them. You ‘hug someone’s neck’ when you haven’t seen them for a while. And, ‘might could’ is a perfectly acceptable way to say you might do something. I have found myself not only understanding these phrases, but using them.
I have to say, as much as I love my home state, I really, really like not having to deal with -35 degree temps in the winter. Yes, I say this even as I am dealing with a VERY hot Georgia summer at 6+ months pregnant. For me, Home is where my hubby and I rest each night. So that means for now, this is Home!