I spent more than 30 years in Minnesota before our family migrated south. Here’s what we I’ve learned in moving from Minnesota to Tennessee.
- Some southern states actually preemptively cancel school. Before a single flake of snow hits the ground, school can be cancelled.
- This is a picture of an actual snow day. School was cancelled the night before this accumulation happened. We still had our MN license plates.
- No native Tennesseean refers to Coke or Pepsi as “pop”. Using that word is like wearing a sign that says “I’m not from here”.
- I don’t miss the winters that never end in Minnesota, but I do miss the snow sometimes.
- There are approximately 32 people who are actually “from” Nashville. Everyone else is a transplant.
- Most Tennesseeans don’t have basements. Pretty much everyone I knew in Minnesota had a basement.
- Civil War history is interesting. This is something you realize when you live in a city where civil war re-enactors march down main street to commemorate battles.
- “Bless your heart” is not a term of endearment. It says “you’re an idiot” in a sweet passive-aggressive way.
- College football is a much bigger deal in the south than it is in Minnesota. I don’t completely understand it. It’s like a religion.
- If the weather forecast includes a possibility of snow or ice, you must immediately go to the store and buy all the milk and eggs and bread.
I’m sure there are more that I’ve missed.