Friday, July 24

Culture Shock 100

This picture is a neighborhood in Jackson, MS. You can't see the houses for the trees and shrubs in the way. Beautiful!

I bet it keeps it so cool. From the air, I wonder if you can even see the houses nestled together.

This was a different scene then I am used to.

Thursday, July 23

Culture Shock 99

Growing up, I remember my dad always fussing with the sprinklers.  Digging, replacing, fixing, messing with the timer. I remember going to the store with him to get parts.

Raise your hand if you are in Mississippi and you even know what sprinklers are! Ok, the three of you can put your hands down now.

We planted a garden this year.  We do use the hose to water it, but we didn't even think to put in sprinklers. I should rephrase... my husband laughed at me when I suggested it!

Friday, June 19

Culture Shock 98

My generation will understand this:

If you leave the house late for work, you can make up time by avoiding certain streets or lights. You know what lane to drive in on the freeway; how to weave through traffic to make up 5 minutes. But please, oh please, don't be 5 minutes late to work for any reason.  Your kid throwing a tantrum? Too bad. Your car won't start in the cold? Too bad. Woke up with a massive headache? Too bad.

If you leave the house late here in southern Mississippi, chances are you are just gonna be late. Since there are only two or three lights anyway, you can't avoid them. If you know the back country roads, you might be able to speed around and make up a little time.  Mostly, people are just glad you made it!

Thursday, June 18

Culture Shock 97

It's not raining against my windshield.

It's bugs dieing. Fireflies are really fun to see smeared in front of the only spot I can see clearly through my window. If you catch one while it's glowing, you get a green fluorescent smudge that glows for awhile. Fun.

Tuesday, June 16

Culture Shock 96

"Mom, can I go outside to play?"

I still hesitate to say yes at times. 

It is so wonderful to say yes! Yes, you can go play while I finish the dishes or make dinner or mop the floor.  You don't have to wait for me to be done. You don't have to wait for me to feel like it.  You can just go! Go run! Go jump! Go explore a bit.  Go catch bugs.

You do have to watch your brother for a bit, though, and I'll meet you out there in a few minutes!

Monday, June 1

Culture Shock 95

We have lived in two different houses here in Mississippi, neither of which have had carpet.

Since there is so much mud and dirt, carpet could actually be a nuisance. Considering that I sweep at least twice a day, depending on our outside adventures, I'm glad to not have mud-stained carpet.

So, I know it's time to sweep when my family members start to do ballet moves to remove the dirt specks from the bottom of their feet!

Imagine, if you will,  running the bottom of your right foot on the inside portion of your left shin. I think it's ballet position number 3, though it's been 30+ years since I took that class!

Friday, May 15

Culture Shock 94

Californians get excited about rain and In N Out.  (I don't miss the rain as a storm just passed over, but an In N Out burger sounds divine!)

Mississippians get excited about little league baseball and crawfish boils. Umm, I still don't eat seafood.

And a shock for everyone else: my 10 year old has never played baseball. 

Wednesday, May 13

Culture Shock 93

I just packed all of our winter clothes because the humidity of Spring has hit full force here in the south.

In California, packing up winter gear always left a few sweaters and warm pjs for those cold winds in June or a chilly night in July.

The only chilly nights we have here in southwest Mississippi are when we fall asleep with the air conditioner on full blast.

Sweaters, coats, sweatpants, hats, gloves,  comforters, blankets.  All put away!