Billy Joe 4/49 |

Feb 16, 2014

Billy Joe 4/49

Photographed in Montana- Huntin'

Consider this the fourth installment of I am the South and the South is me: Southern Potraits. The boy so Southern he has three first names.
"You ain't real Southern until you have a real rooster in your house. I'm so Southern, my parents have a real rooster my dad stuffed from before I was born in their house", he comments on my Facebook picture. I chuckle as I imagine this rooster in his parents house. The conservation brought on by a picture of me sittin' in my kitchen. The same kitchen that happens to be covered in roosters. When I tell him, "I'm savin' this quote and it's so goin' on the blog", he replies "I'm trying to think of how I could sound more Southern... my dad mounted the bear on my wall. I shot it on a hunting trip with him in 2009. He did the taxidermy himself and he did a mighty fine job." Smiles are typed back before his girlfriend jumps in on the conversation. Her words- "Billy, wears camo hats to the state fair-proudly." Before Billy can even respond to my comment, "When I finally take his pic for the project these are the quotes i'll use. You still have that bear?" His reply, " Yup, it's on my wall above my dresser." The girlfriend again chimes in. This time to Southernize him even further. "Billy says stuff like: ' You'll stick out like a turn in a punch bowl.' I imagine him laughin' as he types, "LOL that's not what I say. It goes: "That will go over like a turd in a punch bowl." The final stance is when she informs me that "Billy also eats spicier food than the Latinos eat." Again I smile cause I know this to be true. And so the boy with three first names halts the conversation. I pause as I imagine his last stance to joke at how Southern he is, is him grabbin' a Shiner from his fridge after he logs off Facebook. 

Photographed in Texas 

I am Billy Joe.
I am the South and the South is me.

Southern Potraits: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7


  1. What an interesting series! Thank you for sharing :)

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    1. HA! Agreed! Montana is at the top of my list to visit.

  3. That's hysterical! And so very true. Thanks for sharing, Aleshea.

  4. Mom and Dad moved to Tennessee just after I got married (many moons ago!) -- from the Cleveland area. Can you imagine the culture shock?

  5. Ohh girl. I can only imagine. #rough

  6. I have always thought it would be fun to live in the south, something nice about the slower style of life and good family values

  7. These pictures are great and your writing is awesome :)
    I'm from Texas, Central Texas, but moving from Chicagoland to South Carolina has been a culture shock for me. Texas-- or at least my part of Texas-- doesn't seem as Southern as South Carolina.
    I'm getting use to the South, and drinking one glass of sweet tea at a time :)
    Thanks for linking up to Mommy Monday!

  8. Like a turd in a punchbowl...HA! That first picture is amazing, Aleshea. What an incredible scene! Belinda x

    1. EEk! Thank you! Headed to see your feature for this week.


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