A Touch of the South

** I'm driving to Charlotte, North Carolina TODAY!  Anyone in the area is invited to join me for Happy Hour at Roosters in the South Park area.  I will be arriving there around 4:30 in the afternoon and I may not leave until closing.  **

Being here in The South is an interesting experience.  I never realized how much of a California girl I am.  It's beautiful here.  I still can't get over the trees.  There are trees … big, huge, enormous trees everywhere I look.  I've never seen so many trees.  I've never seen so many BIG trees.  They are spectacular.

The people in The South are so damn friendly.  They're fantastic!  They're warm and inviting and full of hospitality.  I have to stare at their lips when they talk though to decipher what they're saying.  They add extra syllables all over the place with their southern drawls.  Haiiiiiiiiiiiiii there!  I love it, but I have to listen closely to always understand.

My husband was served grits with his breakfast.  Grits!  I want to know if grits are a vegetable?  What exactly are they?  Where do grits come from and whose idea was it to eat them?  I tasted them and all I could taste was lots and lots of butter.  Why not just melt butter and sip it?  Are there any vitamins in grits?  Are they good for you?

I was given a biscuit with my breakfast and they asked if I wanted gravy on it.  Gravy?  I eat gravy exactly once each year.  Gravy is for turkey on Thanksgiving.  What are they thinking putting gravy on biscuits?  I declined, although I've been told I missed a "treat."

We spent the day getting my son settled in his dorm room.  His lost baggage showed up in the afternoon.  (I still hate you American Airlines!)  Mid-day, I sipped lemonade under a big, big, tree and felt very Southern-ish.  Later I was told that lemonade on a hot day under a big tree is sort of Southern-ish, but it would have been more Southern-ish if I had been drinking Sweet Tea.  I've seen Sweet Tea here, but I've yet to try it.

I feel like Scarlett O'Hara from Gone With the Wind by just being here.

There are big, ghastly, bugs here called cicadas.  

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They make a lot of really loud noise.  Some of my Twitter friends told me they are flies on steroids, nuclear mutant grasshoppers, and the state bird of the south.  I don't like cicadas one bit.  They creep me out.

I've been told they also have fireflies (sometimes called lightening bugs), but I haven't seen one yet.  I'm very disappointed because I've never seen a firefly in my life.  My Southern friends tell me I'm missing out on one of the great joys in life and I believe them.

I really want to see a firefly. 

Will someone capture a few in a jar and fed-ex them to me before they die?  You think I'm joking, don't you?

I'm not.

I went to a special reception with the Dean of my son's new college in the late afternoon.  I had to wear a dress.  (Horrors!)  There were a lot of people in a crowded reception hall with no air conditioning.  I was dripping unladylike sweat.  I realized then I'm nowhere near ladylike enough to live in The South.  

There are a lot of very proper women here.  They don't sweat or anything.  I'm not very proper at all.  I imagine most of the proper women here would be quite appalled by me.  I apologize to each and every one of them right now, upfront.  I apologize for sweating in 90 degree heat and amazing humidity.  (By the way, humidity is not a good thing if you want your hair to look nice!)  I apologize for not being the least bit proper in every other way also.

In the evening, we had dinner with a few other parents.  We went to a very nice, but casual, restaurant and sat outside.  An outdoor fan blew on us and it felt good because it's very hot here.  It's hot even at night which is very different from California where the nights are cool even on the hottest of days.  It was a fun evening, the people we were with were wonderful and I really enjoyed myself.

Today I will see my son for exactly ten minutes in the morning to say good-bye to him.  I will be sobbing. &
#0160;Then he will be whisked away for all sorts of orientation activities for the remainder of the day.  I will attend a parent orientation for most of the morning.  I will most likely be crying so badly that I'll have to be escorted out.  I'm not good at good-byes.  

After that I will be driving to Charlotte where I hope to meet several of you in the late afternoon/evening.  I might drink heavily to distract myself from the fact I have just dropped my son off 3,000 miles away from home.  I hope all of you who can will join me!

© Twenty Four At Heart

72 Responses to “A Touch of the South”

  1. Elaina

    Do have some sweet tea before you come home! If you don’t get any homemade just swing right through the drive through at Bojangles and get you some. For being fast food, they have some good sweet tea. Although McDonald’s has some mean (and cheap) sweet tea too.
    Anyone who knows me, my blog or who reads my annoying Tweets about NC/the south, knows how much I love it. I’m not sure if most OC/So Cal natives quite understand that tree thing until they’ve spent some time in that neck of the woods. I was fascinated by that, the lightening bugs (that’s what everyone I knew in Eastern Carolina calls them) and the cicadas. I had never seen a lightening bug either. Never mind knowing what the heck a cicada was. Reading your Tweets tonight made me realize how much I’ve missed summer in the south. I might even miss the sultry humidity too. But that might be the Chardonnay talking.
    Hang in there tomorrow!

  2. Elaina

    Do have some sweet tea before you come home! If you don’t get any homemade just swing right through the drive through at Bojangles and get you some. For being fast food, they have some good sweet tea. Although McDonald’s has some mean (and cheap) sweet tea too.
    Anyone who knows me, my blog or who reads my annoying Tweets about NC/the south, knows how much I love it. I’m not sure if most OC/So Cal natives quite understand that tree thing until they’ve spent some time in that neck of the woods. I was fascinated by that, the lightening bugs (that’s what everyone I knew in Eastern Carolina calls them) and the cicadas. I had never seen a lightening bug either. Never mind knowing what the heck a cicada was. Reading your Tweets tonight made me realize how much I’ve missed summer in the south. I might even miss the sultry humidity too. But that might be the Chardonnay talking.
    Hang in there tomorrow!

  3. Elaina

    Do have some sweet tea before you come home! If you don’t get any homemade just swing right through the drive through at Bojangles and get you some. For being fast food, they have some good sweet tea. Although McDonald’s has some mean (and cheap) sweet tea too.
    Anyone who knows me, my blog or who reads my annoying Tweets about NC/the south, knows how much I love it. I’m not sure if most OC/So Cal natives quite understand that tree thing until they’ve spent some time in that neck of the woods. I was fascinated by that, the lightening bugs (that’s what everyone I knew in Eastern Carolina calls them) and the cicadas. I had never seen a lightening bug either. Never mind knowing what the heck a cicada was. Reading your Tweets tonight made me realize how much I’ve missed summer in the south. I might even miss the sultry humidity too. But that might be the Chardonnay talking.
    Hang in there tomorrow!

  4. Joanne

    grits is corn, honey! and there are white grits and yellow grits. Watch “my Cousin Vinny” and explain all about grits!haha. And the gravy you put on biscuits is white cream gravy made with sausage. If you get brave enough, just try it. And get you pork chops or chicken “smothered”!You have to get a good view of a green area at night to see the lightning bugs, but wirth the effort. It is one of my fondest memories of my childhood… sitting in my bedroom on the second floor and looking out over the woods at night with stars up high and lightning bugs covering the trees. I am sure there aren’t as many as when I was a child, and I am afraid they will crash into extinction, along with my youth

  5. Joanne

    grits is corn, honey! and there are white grits and yellow grits. Watch “my Cousin Vinny” and explain all about grits!haha. And the gravy you put on biscuits is white cream gravy made with sausage. If you get brave enough, just try it. And get you pork chops or chicken “smothered”!You have to get a good view of a green area at night to see the lightning bugs, but wirth the effort. It is one of my fondest memories of my childhood… sitting in my bedroom on the second floor and looking out over the woods at night with stars up high and lightning bugs covering the trees. I am sure there aren’t as many as when I was a child, and I am afraid they will crash into extinction, along with my youth

  6. Joanne

    grits is corn, honey! and there are white grits and yellow grits. Watch “my Cousin Vinny” and explain all about grits!haha. And the gravy you put on biscuits is white cream gravy made with sausage. If you get brave enough, just try it. And get you pork chops or chicken “smothered”!You have to get a good view of a green area at night to see the lightning bugs, but wirth the effort. It is one of my fondest memories of my childhood… sitting in my bedroom on the second floor and looking out over the woods at night with stars up high and lightning bugs covering the trees. I am sure there aren’t as many as when I was a child, and I am afraid they will crash into extinction, along with my youth

  7. Joanne

    please forgive my lack of editing/spellcheck in prior post…. it IS after all 4:am, I cant sleep!

  8. Joanne

    please forgive my lack of editing/spellcheck in prior post…. it IS after all 4:am, I cant sleep!

  9. Joanne

    please forgive my lack of editing/spellcheck in prior post…. it IS after all 4:am, I cant sleep!

  10. Beth

    I’ve lived in the south since I was 5 years old. I promise, the heat and the humidity is something I really don’t believe you can get used to. But I do love the history, the foods (and drinks), and the people.
    I’ve never thought of the trees here being any bigger than the trees everywhere else. I’ll have to pay more attention. Wish I were closer so I could join you for drinks. I think I’m about 10-12 hours south of you. Have fun!

  11. Beth

    I’ve lived in the south since I was 5 years old. I promise, the heat and the humidity is something I really don’t believe you can get used to. But I do love the history, the foods (and drinks), and the people.
    I’ve never thought of the trees here being any bigger than the trees everywhere else. I’ll have to pay more attention. Wish I were closer so I could join you for drinks. I think I’m about 10-12 hours south of you. Have fun!

  12. Beth

    I’ve lived in the south since I was 5 years old. I promise, the heat and the humidity is something I really don’t believe you can get used to. But I do love the history, the foods (and drinks), and the people.
    I’ve never thought of the trees here being any bigger than the trees everywhere else. I’ll have to pay more attention. Wish I were closer so I could join you for drinks. I think I’m about 10-12 hours south of you. Have fun!

  13. Alan

    Yeah…the south IS beautiful. And for all of the reasons you mentioned in your post. And you are missing out if you’ve never seen a yard full of lightning bugs. It’s awesome! But I think it is past their season. They only come out for a couple of months in the summer. I’m not a big grits fan either, however I always put syrup on mine when I do eat them and biscuits & gravy is AWESOME!
    Oh…and the humidity DOES suck…

  14. Alan

    Yeah…the south IS beautiful. And for all of the reasons you mentioned in your post. And you are missing out if you’ve never seen a yard full of lightning bugs. It’s awesome! But I think it is past their season. They only come out for a couple of months in the summer. I’m not a big grits fan either, however I always put syrup on mine when I do eat them and biscuits & gravy is AWESOME!
    Oh…and the humidity DOES suck…

  15. Alan

    Yeah…the south IS beautiful. And for all of the reasons you mentioned in your post. And you are missing out if you’ve never seen a yard full of lightning bugs. It’s awesome! But I think it is past their season. They only come out for a couple of months in the summer. I’m not a big grits fan either, however I always put syrup on mine when I do eat them and biscuits & gravy is AWESOME!
    Oh…and the humidity DOES suck…

  16. di

    I am a transplant to the South from Arizona and you know they don’t have humidity there. UGH… doubt I will ever adjust to it here in Virginia. Grits? Never! Sweet Tea? Just too sweet! The trees? Ah, yes… the trees. If I ever leave I want to take a few with me.
    My cousin Vinny does explain the grits quite well… they taste sort of like sand in your mouth…. but the gravy is wonderful, just warn your arteries first. HA!
    Snappy Di

  17. di

    I am a transplant to the South from Arizona and you know they don’t have humidity there. UGH… doubt I will ever adjust to it here in Virginia. Grits? Never! Sweet Tea? Just too sweet! The trees? Ah, yes… the trees. If I ever leave I want to take a few with me.
    My cousin Vinny does explain the grits quite well… they taste sort of like sand in your mouth…. but the gravy is wonderful, just warn your arteries first. HA!
    Snappy Di

  18. di

    I am a transplant to the South from Arizona and you know they don’t have humidity there. UGH… doubt I will ever adjust to it here in Virginia. Grits? Never! Sweet Tea? Just too sweet! The trees? Ah, yes… the trees. If I ever leave I want to take a few with me.
    My cousin Vinny does explain the grits quite well… they taste sort of like sand in your mouth…. but the gravy is wonderful, just warn your arteries first. HA!
    Snappy Di

  19. Shannon

    I so wish I was going to be in Charlotte tonight! I am going to be in Charleston instead. Please try sweet tea. The bojangles tea is really really sweet, but really good. Grits are fabulous. I saw a lightening bug in my backyard last night. If you can make it to the Penguin in Charlotte, they have the best fried pickles!

  20. Shannon

    I so wish I was going to be in Charlotte tonight! I am going to be in Charleston instead. Please try sweet tea. The bojangles tea is really really sweet, but really good. Grits are fabulous. I saw a lightening bug in my backyard last night. If you can make it to the Penguin in Charlotte, they have the best fried pickles!

  21. Shannon

    I so wish I was going to be in Charlotte tonight! I am going to be in Charleston instead. Please try sweet tea. The bojangles tea is really really sweet, but really good. Grits are fabulous. I saw a lightening bug in my backyard last night. If you can make it to the Penguin in Charlotte, they have the best fried pickles!

  22. Donna in VA

    Born and raised in Mississippi, I left when I was 23. Lived in San Diego for 3 years and LOVED LOVED LOVED it! Then I moved here to Virginia Beach. I cried the whole first year I lived here cuz I missed CA so much. But you are absolutely correct. . . the difference between Southern CA and The South is mind boggling. I liked having the best of both worlds. I brought the South the Southern CA.
    Grits rock! Sweet tea runs through our veins. And the sound of cicadas makes me feel at home. But you have the BEST weather anywhere.

  23. Donna in VA

    Born and raised in Mississippi, I left when I was 23. Lived in San Diego for 3 years and LOVED LOVED LOVED it! Then I moved here to Virginia Beach. I cried the whole first year I lived here cuz I missed CA so much. But you are absolutely correct. . . the difference between Southern CA and The South is mind boggling. I liked having the best of both worlds. I brought the South the Southern CA.
    Grits rock! Sweet tea runs through our veins. And the sound of cicadas makes me feel at home. But you have the BEST weather anywhere.

  24. Donna in VA

    Born and raised in Mississippi, I left when I was 23. Lived in San Diego for 3 years and LOVED LOVED LOVED it! Then I moved here to Virginia Beach. I cried the whole first year I lived here cuz I missed CA so much. But you are absolutely correct. . . the difference between Southern CA and The South is mind boggling. I liked having the best of both worlds. I brought the South the Southern CA.
    Grits rock! Sweet tea runs through our veins. And the sound of cicadas makes me feel at home. But you have the BEST weather anywhere.

  25. Maureen at IslandRoar

    Aw, it’s hard to say goodbye to these damned kids, isn’t it??
    Cicadas are ugly, but they live in the trees, so you don’t see much of them and I love the sound (up here in the northeast). Here, our fireflies are really gone by now. They’re around more in June or July. Sounds like you are having quite the experience!

  26. Maureen at IslandRoar

    Aw, it’s hard to say goodbye to these damned kids, isn’t it??
    Cicadas are ugly, but they live in the trees, so you don’t see much of them and I love the sound (up here in the northeast). Here, our fireflies are really gone by now. They’re around more in June or July. Sounds like you are having quite the experience!

  27. Maureen at IslandRoar

    Aw, it’s hard to say goodbye to these damned kids, isn’t it??
    Cicadas are ugly, but they live in the trees, so you don’t see much of them and I love the sound (up here in the northeast). Here, our fireflies are really gone by now. They’re around more in June or July. Sounds like you are having quite the experience!

  28. Jan

    Grits. Biscuits and gravy. Sweet tea. Cicadas.
    I am very homesick right now.
    *sniffle* No, I’m not crying.

  29. Jan

    Grits. Biscuits and gravy. Sweet tea. Cicadas.
    I am very homesick right now.
    *sniffle* No, I’m not crying.

  30. Jan

    Grits. Biscuits and gravy. Sweet tea. Cicadas.
    I am very homesick right now.
    *sniffle* No, I’m not crying.

  31. Liz C

    Regular grits (white or yellow)= polenta = cornmeal.
    hominy grits = NASTY!
    When my daughter left for college I had a horrid time adjusting. I was in no way prepared for how much I would miss her. It was like getting dumped. I hope you’re doing OK.

  32. Liz C

    Regular grits (white or yellow)= polenta = cornmeal.
    hominy grits = NASTY!
    When my daughter left for college I had a horrid time adjusting. I was in no way prepared for how much I would miss her. It was like getting dumped. I hope you’re doing OK.

  33. Liz C

    Regular grits (white or yellow)= polenta = cornmeal.
    hominy grits = NASTY!
    When my daughter left for college I had a horrid time adjusting. I was in no way prepared for how much I would miss her. It was like getting dumped. I hope you’re doing OK.

  34. LPC

    Aw sweetie. I have had two go 3000 miles away. All I can say is thank god for cellphones and IM. Just think, you have Twitter too…

  35. LPC

    Aw sweetie. I have had two go 3000 miles away. All I can say is thank god for cellphones and IM. Just think, you have Twitter too…

  36. LPC

    Aw sweetie. I have had two go 3000 miles away. All I can say is thank god for cellphones and IM. Just think, you have Twitter too…

  37. Ginger

    Welcome to the South, sweeeetie. I’m a North Carolina native and I think it’s the best place on earth! I wish I could meet you in Charlotte, but I live in Wilmington and it’s about a 5 hour drive. If you ever want to see the East coast, just give me a holler! I love to show folk around my hometown.

  38. Ginger

    Welcome to the South, sweeeetie. I’m a North Carolina native and I think it’s the best place on earth! I wish I could meet you in Charlotte, but I live in Wilmington and it’s about a 5 hour drive. If you ever want to see the East coast, just give me a holler! I love to show folk around my hometown.

  39. Ginger

    Welcome to the South, sweeeetie. I’m a North Carolina native and I think it’s the best place on earth! I wish I could meet you in Charlotte, but I live in Wilmington and it’s about a 5 hour drive. If you ever want to see the East coast, just give me a holler! I love to show folk around my hometown.

  40. Jeanne P

    I can’t imagine sending my baby 3000 miles away! I will take him 1 1/2 hours (thats how we measure here in Minnesota) and that’s plenty far as far as I am concerned!
    We have fireflys here in the summer. They are a joy to see, you can’t help but be happy when you see them.
    Hope you do OK after you leave NC!

  41. Jeanne P

    I can’t imagine sending my baby 3000 miles away! I will take him 1 1/2 hours (thats how we measure here in Minnesota) and that’s plenty far as far as I am concerned!
    We have fireflys here in the summer. They are a joy to see, you can’t help but be happy when you see them.
    Hope you do OK after you leave NC!

  42. Jeanne P

    I can’t imagine sending my baby 3000 miles away! I will take him 1 1/2 hours (thats how we measure here in Minnesota) and that’s plenty far as far as I am concerned!
    We have fireflys here in the summer. They are a joy to see, you can’t help but be happy when you see them.
    Hope you do OK after you leave NC!

  43. brian PAPA

    love the cicada pic!!! and yes vthey are NASTY! espec if one flys into you, disgusting!
    have fun!

  44. brian PAPA

    love the cicada pic!!! and yes vthey are NASTY! espec if one flys into you, disgusting!
    have fun!

  45. brian PAPA

    love the cicada pic!!! and yes vthey are NASTY! espec if one flys into you, disgusting!
    have fun!

  46. Jenn in Tenn

    Good luck today with the whole college thing. My daughter started middle school this year and it is a HUGE transition for us, so I can only imagine what you are going through!
    AND, welcome to the south! My husband is from SoCal and has lived here in Tennessee for 17 years and STILL can’t get over all the TREES! I’ve been home with him a few times and LOOOOOVE the weather there. (I never knew life without humidity!)
    And, yes, if you can, please have some sweet tea, biscuits and gravy…and if at all possible some country fried steak with gravy. (Look for a Cracker Barrel Restaurant off the interstate if you have time…awesome gift store as well as great southern food!) Have fun! Be safe!

  47. Jenn in Tenn

    Good luck today with the whole college thing. My daughter started middle school this year and it is a HUGE transition for us, so I can only imagine what you are going through!
    AND, welcome to the south! My husband is from SoCal and has lived here in Tennessee for 17 years and STILL can’t get over all the TREES! I’ve been home with him a few times and LOOOOOVE the weather there. (I never knew life without humidity!)
    And, yes, if you can, please have some sweet tea, biscuits and gravy…and if at all possible some country fried steak with gravy. (Look for a Cracker Barrel Restaurant off the interstate if you have time…awesome gift store as well as great southern food!) Have fun! Be safe!

  48. Jenn in Tenn

    Good luck today with the whole college thing. My daughter started middle school this year and it is a HUGE transition for us, so I can only imagine what you are going through!
    AND, welcome to the south! My husband is from SoCal and has lived here in Tennessee for 17 years and STILL can’t get over all the TREES! I’ve been home with him a few times and LOOOOOVE the weather there. (I never knew life without humidity!)
    And, yes, if you can, please have some sweet tea, biscuits and gravy…and if at all possible some country fried steak with gravy. (Look for a Cracker Barrel Restaurant off the interstate if you have time…awesome gift store as well as great southern food!) Have fun! Be safe!

  49. Southern Web Girl

    I’m curious as to why your son chose a college in Greensboro, NC. Not that NC is bad or anything … in fact, it’s beautiful. But I was just wondering the reason for the 3,000-mile trek!

  50. Southern Web Girl

    I’m curious as to why your son chose a college in Greensboro, NC. Not that NC is bad or anything … in fact, it’s beautiful. But I was just wondering the reason for the 3,000-mile trek!

  51. Southern Web Girl

    I’m curious as to why your son chose a college in Greensboro, NC. Not that NC is bad or anything … in fact, it’s beautiful. But I was just wondering the reason for the 3,000-mile trek!

  52. Amy in StL

    If you don’t think you can stand sweet tea; have them mix it half and half. A lot of Southern Diabetics I knew did this; especially at Bojangles because theirs was soooo sweet.

  53. Amy in StL

    If you don’t think you can stand sweet tea; have them mix it half and half. A lot of Southern Diabetics I knew did this; especially at Bojangles because theirs was soooo sweet.

  54. Amy in StL

    If you don’t think you can stand sweet tea; have them mix it half and half. A lot of Southern Diabetics I knew did this; especially at Bojangles because theirs was soooo sweet.

  55. Wendy

    Being a girl from Tx… you have to at least try a bite of biscuits and gravy, it’s wonderful. It’s not like turkey gravy at all. And don’t miss a glass of good ice cold sweet tea in the south- I’m tellin’ ya. It’s not to be missed 🙂
    We southern girls wouldn’t steer ya wrong.
    Come see us in TEXAS sometime.

  56. Wendy

    Being a girl from Tx… you have to at least try a bite of biscuits and gravy, it’s wonderful. It’s not like turkey gravy at all. And don’t miss a glass of good ice cold sweet tea in the south- I’m tellin’ ya. It’s not to be missed 🙂
    We southern girls wouldn’t steer ya wrong.
    Come see us in TEXAS sometime.

  57. Wendy

    Being a girl from Tx… you have to at least try a bite of biscuits and gravy, it’s wonderful. It’s not like turkey gravy at all. And don’t miss a glass of good ice cold sweet tea in the south- I’m tellin’ ya. It’s not to be missed 🙂
    We southern girls wouldn’t steer ya wrong.
    Come see us in TEXAS sometime.

  58. JL

    ONLY 3,000 miles? That’s nothing. My daughter left sweet home San Diego at age 18 for college in Japan. Talk about tears. Good news is, when she came home 3 years later (to finish school in the states)she knew how to cook, clean and do laundry!

  59. JL

    ONLY 3,000 miles? That’s nothing. My daughter left sweet home San Diego at age 18 for college in Japan. Talk about tears. Good news is, when she came home 3 years later (to finish school in the states)she knew how to cook, clean and do laundry!

  60. JL

    ONLY 3,000 miles? That’s nothing. My daughter left sweet home San Diego at age 18 for college in Japan. Talk about tears. Good news is, when she came home 3 years later (to finish school in the states)she knew how to cook, clean and do laundry!

  61. Boomer Chick

    I’m on my way to the Outer Banks tomorrow…I love NC. I’m in Virginia and I know what you mean by those Cicadas. They still freak me out but they’re really harmless. I see mostly the shells they leave behind stuck to the sides of trees. Yeah, sweet tea is very southern but you haven’t had good sweet tea until they serve it to you out of a mason jar. Love your blog!

  62. Boomer Chick

    I’m on my way to the Outer Banks tomorrow…I love NC. I’m in Virginia and I know what you mean by those Cicadas. They still freak me out but they’re really harmless. I see mostly the shells they leave behind stuck to the sides of trees. Yeah, sweet tea is very southern but you haven’t had good sweet tea until they serve it to you out of a mason jar. Love your blog!

  63. Boomer Chick

    I’m on my way to the Outer Banks tomorrow…I love NC. I’m in Virginia and I know what you mean by those Cicadas. They still freak me out but they’re really harmless. I see mostly the shells they leave behind stuck to the sides of trees. Yeah, sweet tea is very southern but you haven’t had good sweet tea until they serve it to you out of a mason jar. Love your blog!

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