Growing up in South Louisiana is probably the best gift my parents could have given me. There is something about knowing that my home is different than anywhere else. I have had the chance to visit a few other states and seen how the weather, culture, and lifestyle differ. Thinking about it now, I realize just how much growing up in South Louisiana has shaped me and taught me.

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  1. No matter how busy you are, calling your momma should be on your to-do list everyday.
    1. You will always be her baby no matter what and even one simple phone call lets her know that you appreciate every sacrifice she has made for you.
  2. If your date does not open the door for you, his manners are questionable.
    1. My grandparents taught all five of their boys to always open any door for a lady. I thought it strange when I was younger, but now I see it as part of the gentleman process.
  3. I would trade any day to be out on the river or boating/fishing.
    1. Just because our waters aren't as blue as the oceans doesn't mean they aren't as fun. Fishing, swimming, relaxing, floating, boating...they can all be done in one place.
  4. There is nothing like going to your grandparents' for a meal.
    1. As hard as you try, your sticky chicken recipe could never touch what they can do. Our food is one of a kind.
  5. No one is ever truly a stranger. They know you and you know them simply because of who your/their parents or grandparents are.
    1. No matter where I go, there will be at least 3 people to approach me that know my momma and daddy.
  6. Manners are everything.
    1. It's not yes or no, it's yes ma'am and no sir. If momma cooks, you're cleaning. You always let the elderly enter a building first and you will hold the door for them. When momma goes shopping, it is your job to get the groceries out of the car.
  7. Once you leave, you realize there's nothing better than living in South Louisiana.
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We have always had a culture and lifestyle that is totally unique. You can't beat our cook-outs or nights by the campfire. Not to mention, you get used to only experiencing 2 seasons in a year. Family is everything and everyone is family.

Big dreams may not be easy to accomplish here, but even though I have them, moving away just doesn't seem like an option.