Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Vacation Bible School Southern Style!

If there is one thing I have found about Southern Ladies, it is that suble is not in their vocabulary. From putting a face on to go to the store or even pool, to taking charge of events, low key is not an option. That is one thing that differs from being a northern mom.

Here is an example. When I lived in Ohio, the standard uniform for the middle class stay at home mom was yoga pants, a tee shirt, and a ponytail. We had kids, we were tired, who cares what we look like? Here in the south, you put your face on before you leave, even if you were just running to Walmart. Ladies also dress. At least jeans and a nice top, with a little color. At first I thought this was wierd, why bother? Then I realized it is taking a measure of pride in yourself and appearance.

In Ohio if there was to be a bake sale for let us say the school, you would have a few volunteers and a few people who would bake. We would drop off our goods on time, and stand around in our yoga pants and organic nonfat chai lattes complaining about how hard it was to fit it into our schedule. We would have been happy to make $75 for the cause.

Here in the south, Southern Ladies take charge. If there was a bake sale for the school, everyone would volunteer and there would have to be a committee of 2 or 3 Ladies to be in charge. There would be a theme. I kid you not, a theme. Along with the bake sale, they would get donations from local businesses and have raffles for baskets. They would dress in costume for the theme, and the whole gym would be filled with tables full of baked goods.

These Ladies take pride and care in everything they do. If it is worth doing, it is worth doing right.

And that brings us to VBS, which is this week. I was floored when I walked into VBS, I was floored. I was used to VBS being in the sunday school buildings, and run like a class. Not here, oh no. Everyone was in costume to go with the theme.

They transformed the gym into an egyptian market, with stations for the kids to do a variety of activities from brick making, to jewelry making to weaving, and so on. There were a ton of teen volunteers helping,

 The chapel was decked out like a temple.

The walkway was the river nile.

When I say all out, it was all out. The kids are having a blast, because there is so much for them to do and relate to.

I think a lot of it is being that best at what you are doing now. So much of my converastions before coming down here were about going back to work, because staying at home raising kids was not what modern feminist do for an extended amount of time. Here, the conversations are about what we are doing, with the kids, hobby wise, volunteer wise, faithwise. Being a mom and staying at home is a blessing, not a curse.


  1. You mean all VBS's aren't run this way? :) Love your blog!

  2. Thanks Sharla! I love living in Mississippi!

  3. Pannay, I just love this. I will probably never go back North, they just don't have it up there.

  4. Hi there, found your blog through Quilting Gallery. I have been laughing and having fond memories of the south while reading your blog on southern women. I spent many years in Texas (which is Southern, but these women are a totally differnt type of southern wonmen from the Miss. women) and a few years in Ark. The women there were just like the women you described. I loved each and everyone of them. I homeschooled my daughter and our group was always baking something. We would have a "spread" at the drop of a hat. The sweets were always the best, never from a box. It is one of my daughter's fondest memories! I picked up the saying "I don't care to," which means I don't mind. The first time a friend said this to me, I was asking for a ride and I thought she didn't want to pick me up. I still laugh when I think of that conversation. We now live in WV, which is south of the Mason Dixon line, which officially makes us "The South" but people here act like Northerners. I enjoy your blog and will be following you to hear more about the south and see your beautiful quilting.

  5. Thanks Cynthia! I hope to be posting more quilting projects soon. With two girls home for the summer I haven't had much free time! I love living in the south!