One thing I think every girl from the South can attest to is having another girl be unkind. It's just the way life goes. The difference in the South, however, is that girls are so good at being nice about being mean! It doesn't sound possible, but oh, it's true. It is even such a crafted skill that most guys raised in the South cannot recognize it. When they hear a girl tell another, "You look so cute," they always take it literally and assume they are being nice. In fact, I have told my dad before that a girl was mean to me and he has said, "but I heard her say hi and compliment you!" Being a man, I guess he will just never understand exactly how a mean, Southern girl operates.
Miranda Lambert, one of my favorite singers, recently had a single out called Only Prettier that says:
"I don’t have to be hateful, I can just say bless your heart
And even though I don’t belong with your high life friends
It doesn’t mean we don’t get together and try to make amends
It’s easier can’t you see
Let’s agree to just disagree
We don’t have to like each other but it’s sure fun to pretend
So let’s shake hands and reach across those party lines
You’ve got your friends just like I’ve got mine
We might think a little differently
But we got a lot in common you will see
We’re just like you
Everybody says you’ve gotta know your enemies
Even if they only weigh a hundred pounds and stand five foot three
If you just smile and behave you can always get your way
It’s a universal plan that’ll get you where you can in all societies"
I have never read lyrics more true.