Damn Yankees don’t go back home

ebbyPatty Reed,
Greenville, SC.

Originally from Pennsylvania, I’ve lived here the majority of my life but I cannot say I’m a native South Carolinian. While it seems to be more widely acceptable now, during my high school years in a small town it wasn’t okay to be from “up north somewhere”. A foreigner in my own country, I was left out and pushed aside; “she’s not from ’round here”. I think my mother had the most difficult time working in a kitchen as a dietitian for a local nursing home. While the food was certainly culturally different, elderly southern folks don’t take kindly to some northern woman fixin’ their supper; it simply isn’t done. But she hung in there just the same until she got the recipes down pat one by one. Over-cook everything and be sure it has plenty of fat-back she’d say. I don’t think she ever understood it but the work was important, it put northern food on our southern table. It’s one thing to be labeled a Yankee I was told, at least Yankees go home; but Damn Yankees stay! Of course I love South Carolina and it’s my forever home, thankfully, it’s a more welcoming place these days. I certainly go out of my way to welcome Yankees, damned or otherwise; everybody needs to feel like they’re home, even in the south.

 

Damn Yankees don’t go back home

ebbyPatty Reed,
Greenville, SC.

Originally from Pennsylvania, I’ve lived here the majority of my life but I cannot say I’m a native South Carolinian. While it seems to be more widely acceptable now, during my high school years in a small town it wasn’t okay to be from “up north somewhere”. A foreigner in my own country, I was left out and pushed aside; “she’s not from ’round here”. I think my mother had the most difficult time working in a kitchen as a dietitian for a local nursing home. While the food was certainly culturally different, elderly southern folks don’t take kindly to some northern woman fixin’ their supper; it simply isn’t done. But she hung in there just the same until she got the recipes down pat one by one. Over-cook everything and be sure it has plenty of fat-back she’d say. I don’t think she ever understood it but the work was important, it put northern food on our southern table. It’s one thing to be labeled a Yankee I was told, at least Yankees go home; but Damn Yankees stay! Of course I love South Carolina and it’s my forever home, thankfully, it’s a more welcoming place these days. I certainly go out of my way to welcome Yankees, damned or otherwise; everybody needs to feel like they’re home, even in the south.

Damn Yankees don’t go back home

ebbyPatty Reed,
Greenville, SC.

Originally from Pennsylvania, I’ve lived here the majority of my life but I cannot say I’m a native South Carolinian. While it seems to be more widely acceptable now, during my high school years in a small town it wasn’t okay to be from “up north somewhere”. A foreigner in my own country, I was left out and pushed aside; “she’s not from ’round here”. I think my mother had the most difficult time working in a kitchen as a dietitian for a local nursing home. While the food was certainly culturally different, elderly southern folks don’t take kindly to some northern woman fixin’ their supper; it simply isn’t done. But she hung in there just the same until she got the recipes down pat one by one. Over-cook everything and be sure it has plenty of fat-back she’d say. I don’t think she ever understood it but the work was important, it put northern food on our southern table. It’s one thing to be labeled a Yankee I was told, at least Yankees go home; but Damn Yankees stay! Of course I love South Carolina and it’s my forever home, thankfully, it’s a more welcoming place these days. I certainly go out of my way to welcome Yankees, damned or otherwise; everybody needs to feel like they’re home, even in the south.

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