Tuesday, December 29, 2009

"Who are her people?"

You know that you live in the South when, after announcing that your son is engaged to be married, your sister responds, "How exciting!  Who are her people?"  You have to read that quote with a slow, thick  Southern accent to really appreciate it.  In her defense, Gail does live in Montgomery (the natives pronounce it  Mun gum ree), Alabama, the original capital of the confederacy.  I'm a proud Southerner but even I shake my head at some of the things that we say.  We mean well but I can only imagine how others perceive us. 

I haven't yet decided how I will answer my sister's question because I want to come up with a witty come-back.   Her query, however, does the beg the question, "Who are your people? To whom do you belong?" 

How would you answer the question, "Who are your people?"

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