For me the hardest part was actually decided when I started blogging here, as silly as it sounds. If you look at my archives you'll see a few posts dating back to 2007. But back then this blog was at a different address and simply called, "Shoshanah's Blog." It was only last December when I changed the url to the current "http://shoshanahg.blogspot.com/" and created From LA to L.A.. While I could get rid of the earlier archives from before December I do enjoy reading them. If your curious I encourage you to do so as well, in general they are normally entries writing about my trip to Japan and later trip to Israel.
But back to the task at hand. I choose an entry from December 29, 2009. Part of the reason why I choose it is because its an entry that somewhat shows the differences from going from LA to L.A.
Yes Ma'amWhile I don't think I've necessarily change a huge amount since last December, I still do enjoy going back and reading some of my old entries. And as time goes on, I'm sure I will continue to do. Hopefully you've enjoyed this little flashback as well.
Originally posted December 29, 2008
"One thing no one prepared me for when I moved to Louisiana, was the differences in etiquette or manners if you'd rather. The first time I met the Boy's parents I was told to be on my best behavior. Turns out we had a different definition of what, "best behavior" meant.
In the South when you're asked a question you're not really supposed to say "yes," defiantly not "yeah," and probably not even "no, thank you." It turns out the correct response is actually "Yes, Ma'am" or "No, Sir" or any combination of the like. I didn't realize people said this in real life still! It completely sounds like something from the movies or 100 years ago. Needless to say I did not make a very good first impression.
I have however, tried to improve. I did try it out on my parents when I was home that first year for the holidays. (My dad told me it sounded awkward and like I was trying to hard.) I got most adept at using those responses at work. Particularly when I had to make phone calls to people, or when I worked after school care and had to talk to parents. Honestly, most often now I'll be in a situation where I'll answer yes (or more realistically yeah) to a question, and my immediate thought afterwards will be, "That would have been a perfect time for a yes, sir"
Of course, if I do wind up having children with the Boy, he (and his parents) will expect our children to be well versed in their Ma'ams and Sirs. Maybe be that time I will have been here long enough to recognize when you're supposed to say it. We can hope..."
P.S. I'm not sure why blogger didn't post my Frozen Thursday post from last night. But if you look below its up now!
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