I was in my home state of North Carolina this past weekend and I was reminded …
a) how much things change in your hometown when you’ve been away for a long time,
b) how some things never change in your hometown regardless of how long you’ve been away, and
c) how there are things about your state that only natives and long-term residents know.
A transplant with roots
We’ve lived in Tennessee for 15 years now which still doesn’t qualify us as long-term residents. But having lived almost half of our married life here, Tennessee does feel like home. That doesn’t mean I don’t perk up when I meet another transplant from North Carolina.
Chances are good that you moved here from another state as well. And like me you hold to some affection for and pride in your home state … unless you are from New Jersey. I’m just kidding. I pick on New Jersey folks because they can take it better than people from Arkansas.
Anyway, I’ve compiled a brief list of indicators to confirm the true natives of North Carolina. For fun, I invite you to think about such a list for your home state. Or maybe you’re from Mississippi but you lived in Colorado for a year, in which case we understand why you lie and tell people that you’re from Denver. I’m just kidding. I like to pick on Mississippi folks because they can take it better than people from West Virginia.
You know you’re from North Carolina if …
- you know important facts like Andy Griffith grew up in Mt Airy and that Mount Pilot is actually Pilot Mountain
- you know that the cigarettes, Winston & Salem, were named after the city and not the other way around
- you grew up seeing deacons smoke outside of your church before the service
- you believe that on the 8th day God created ACC basketball
- you enjoy spotting a random Kentucky basketball fan and telling him you’re a Duke graduate … even if you’re not.
- you believe that Syracuse and Notre Dame being added to the ACC makes less sense than putting ketchup on Moravian sugar cake
- you actually know what a Moravian is
- eating a Krispy Kreme hot glazed donut is a source of state pride. Eating a Dunkin Donut is a sign of desperation.
- you drink Cheerwine instead of Cherry Coke
- you had never seen or eaten seafood that wasn’t fried until your honeymoon in Jamaica
- you know that “The King” is a reference to Richard Petty, not Elvis
- someone saying “NASCAR is not really a sport” is fighting words
- your wife has a Dale Earnhardt tattoo
- you know that Lexington is the Mecca of barbecue, not Texas, not Memphis, and certainly not St. Louis
- you know that the “i” in Salisbury is silent and is pronounced “Saws—bury”
- you want James Taylor to sing “Carolina in My Mind” at your funeral
- you believe that Univ of South Carolina alumni and fans referring to their school as “Carolina” is
b) absurd & laughable
d) trademark infringement and a copyright violation
e) all of the above
Ramon Presson, PhD, is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Franklin (www.ramonpressontherapy.com) and the author of several books. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. To read Presson’s previous columns go to www.franklinhomepage.com/?s=ramon+presson