A co-worker and I were talking about someone we work with from the northern part of the country and how he/she can be a bit straightforward at times. My co-worker said, well, you have to realize that you and I are born and bread southerners and we typically like to "roll things in a little bit of honey" before we say them. I laughed and said, "You're right, you're right."
I love being from the south and couldn't imagine growing up anywhere else. Every day, I work with people from other areas of the country (and the world for that matter) and we are a bit different. For example some people have never tried grits, collard greens or okra! (the thought of it!)
"In the South, the breeze blows softer...neighbors are friendlier, nosier, and more talkative. (By contrast with the Yankee, the Southerner never uses one word when ten or twenty will do)...This is a different place. Our way of thinking is different, as are our ways of seeing, laughing, singing, eating, meeting and parting. Our walk is different, as the old song goes, our talk and our names. Nothing about us is quite the same as in the country to the north and west. What we carry in our memories is different too, and that may explain everything else." --Charles Kuralt in "Southerners: Portrait of a People"