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KellyGa    Posted 11-04-2003 at 04:29:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
As you get older, you think about things a lot more. As y'all know I live in Georgia. From the time I was born I have lived here. I have seen so many changes over the years I have lived so far. Sometimes it can really get a person down to see a long standing tradition, a part of your heritage being torn down by outsiders coming in and demanding things to be a certain way, and getting their way. Not all progress over this time has been bad, but I feel the southern traditions are going to be a thing of the past in a blink of an eye. Along with my experiences, and others, I would like some one to know someone still holds these old values and traditions near and dear to her heart. I have seen country roads turned into strip malls, they tear down trees and cram the land full of houses, half acre at best each. I see people wanting diversity in the schools, I see changes in values and what matters, and I don't like it.

I was sitting here drinking my coffee this morning, watching the news. So many bad things happening. People think they are safe in these upscale new neighborhoods. Just this morning two real estate agents were found murdered in a model home in a upscale new neighborhood on the northside of Atlanta. All I can think about is getting my family back to a quieter, more traditional life in the country. It preys on my mind every day, and every day that passes, the feeling grows stronger in my heart.

My book is going to be titled,

"My Fading Southern Heritage"

It will entale stories from many others that wish to share with me. I know all of you are very proud of your heritage, and hate to see things changing and going away, like farming, agriculture, and traditional values. If any of you would like to share their feelings, a story perhaps of your childhood, or any other thing that strikes you as important, I would definitely give credit to you in the book. Y'all are the realest of the real people, and I know you have stories that need to be told, to try and preserve the old ways. I have included my email at the top this time, so feel free to tell me your stories, and be sure to give me your real names to document your stories. I don't know if this book will make it, but I just feel someone needs to tell their point of view, along with others that feel that pull at their heart.

Thanks for listening, hope to hear from you all, if you have 10 stories, thats ok with me, as many as you can tell. As I begin to write this book, I will share with y'all what I have written. You don't have to think of all the stories now, just as they come to you. I appreciate y'alls support in my endeavers.


Redneck    Posted 11-04-2003 at 17:19:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Very well said by a true southern lady!

No,I don't like change too much,especially when someone else is telling me that their idea of change for me is better than my own.Just too many people in the world I guess.


RedTail    Posted 11-04-2003 at 14:18:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
"Diversity in schools"...your way of saying you want segregation back??? Just askin.


KellyGa To Redtail    Posted 11-04-2003 at 19:16:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, schools are a touchy subject with me. You see, where my child goes to school, the majority of students are white. So are the school teachers, save two. My daughter is on a fifth grade reading level, and I believe it is because I sent her to another school in another county. You see, the schools where my husband and I went to school are now 80 to 90 percent black and now some hispanic. I have a lot of hispanics that live around me, and they are the nicest people to know. I had a high school hispanic girl tell me one time that the blacks got jealous of them, because they were not the only ones being catered to anymore.

Just today on the news, a school in my county, mostly black, had a shooting, and it killed the guy, an asian killed a black guy, and their were threats that if anyone was causght sympathizing with the dead guy or his family, they would be killed also. Their school dance was cancelled, and kids were checking out of school left and right.

If my child went to a school in my county, she would not be who she is today, she would be picked on constantly. She would have to fight and claw her way through the day, and thats just no way to live. I did what I had to long before she started school to assure she would not have to look over her shoulder in school. This county I live in is about to lose their accreditation they suck so bad.

There was a girl last year in my daughters class, that was originally from an Atlanta school, inner city school. She took things from the kids, she tripped kids, mashed kids hands, and threatened them if they told. Shelby finally spoke up, the teacher did not even tell me this was going on, until I confronted her and asked her what in the world was going on. It took them 3 weeks to finally get in touch with the mother to have a conference. She was blatenly taking childrens school supplies, and anything else she could get away with, and nobody would really do anything too much, for fear that they would holler discrimination. She was not accustomed to behaving accordingly, and they just about had her trained, and they moved away to somewhere else, which was fine by me.

When I speak of diversity, it is correspondence with the Henry Herald newspaper last year claiming that the Henry County school system was not prepared for the different cultures coming in to the county. Well, of course not, the majority is white. But, we are forced to learn and abide by their cultures instead of them learning ours, and it burns me up. Her school still says "Under God" in the morning when saying the Pledge of Allegiance, but how long before that is banned?

Now they are speaking of busing kids in from other counties to "diversify" the schools there. What they really mean is, there aren't enough blacks in those schools, so we have to even it out, but why?

Anyway, like I said, I am a product of my experiences. I don't think that makes me right, or wrong, I just want somebody to fess up to what is really going on around here.


Redneck    Posted 11-05-2003 at 03:20:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
I applaud you again.Wish folks like you with common sense could run the school systems.All kids would be better for it.


Jim(MO)    Posted 11-04-2003 at 09:36:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
One of the things I miss, among many, is the local dialects or accents that used to be so wide spread. I did a fair amount of traveling when I was young and really enjoyed talking to people all over the country. Now almost every one sounds like the 6:00 and 10:00 news anchors. Plain vanilla. There are still some pockets in Texas, West Virginia and the northeastern states but not many.


Mudcat49    Posted 11-04-2003 at 05:43:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
AMERICAN BY BIRTH, SOUTHERN BY THE GRACE OF GOD!!!! You think it is bad up in Georgia, yew sould come to South Florida!!!!


Les    Posted 11-04-2003 at 04:43:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's the same everywhere, Kelly. And it's been going on for a long time. The only thing that keeps further development from happening where I live is that I am surrounded by National Forest. (The government is good for something once in a while!) Also the climate here is not for sissies. Most people do not want the winters to last anywhere near as long as they do here, if they want a winter at all. It does keep some of the riff raff out.


hay    Posted 11-04-2003 at 04:42:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
there has always been and always will be change. it is inevitable. however, i share your feelings as i have seen many changes in my lifetime. some were for the better and many were not (IMHO). where i live in se texas is the probably the same situation as you are in georgia. lots of people moving in and demanding their ways, new strip malls that will be empty in six months, and a general feeling that the old ways i knew and loved are gone forever like hunting/fishing/trapping when and where i wanted with no one around to see. it's only going to get worse and worse and before long it will be like the city out in the country. we tend to dislike a lot of thing that we see because it is new and different to a more "mature" generation, but not everything is bad. our standard of living is much better than just 40 years ago and will get better still. we just hear more and more because of media coverage on any and everything that they can find now. "There is nothing ever so permanent as change itself"


deadcarp    Posted 11-04-2003 at 07:45:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
hay's right. if you chop down a pine forest, you'll get another kind of forest - if you leave it alone, over time it will change by itself. what amazes me is that people are first surprised by urban sprawl, then they act like the sprawlers are butting in or something. think about years ago when people abandoned the country - where did they go? to the cities right?

well now there's a resurgence of wanting elbow room again. they went to the city to make money, the freeway system and better cars came along, now they miss the sticks and want to have both. and they can -(like anything else) if they're willing to sacrifice. so they think let's see - i already drive an hour - for 2 hours of driving, my family could live ---- and there they come! simple as that! they're not strangers folks, they're not foreigners, they're the descendents of country people who have decided there's something good about out here. and it's not all their fault: for every buyer there's a fella with money in his pocket - if you don't want neighbors, buy the land nextdoor! sure they're gonna bring some of their habits along! but they're bringing prosperity and bargain lawn mowers too. so instead of just whining, isn't it up to us to adapt a little and retrain them? bake some cookies and go get acquainted. then maybe we'll have the kind of country that offers something for everybody - what that something is, is up to all of us :)




KellyGa Ok, deadcarp    Posted 11-04-2003 at 08:47:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
You got me. Guess I am just stuck in my ways, already. I do try to be nice to people, it is the southern way, sothern hospitality and all. Some people just don't want to live that way. they are in too big of a hurry. I had a friend come live with me many years ago. She is from Phenix City Alabama, right there at Columbus Georgia, where I am from. Things are a lot slower and people are more polite down there, and she was floored the way people act up here. She said nobody says good morning, how are you, or anything. I still do, being southern bred. People don't want to live the old way, they are in a hurry and nobody is more important than them. I know there are good people left out there, this site is proof of it, maybe there are more than I know, but I wish I could see it first hand. I can only go on my own experiences, thats why I asked y'alls apinion, and deadcarp you are right, we have to convince them our way is the best way. Even if it is just baking cookies, or making my traditional potato salad. Maybe it does make a difference, we will see... :) thanks for your thoughts, all are welcome.


deadcarp    Posted 11-04-2003 at 11:17:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
well if i ever get by that way, i hope there's some potato salad left - does that go with grits? never mind, i'll be back in the morning :)


Greg Vt    Posted 11-04-2003 at 08:14:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Very well said.


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