Friday, June 26, 2009

Looking Back

Yes, I know I don't normally post on Fridays, but I'm not really posting a new post. Maybe by now you've heard of 20 Something Bloggers current Carnival prompt. If you haven't the point is to post an entry from the first two month of blogging to show how you've changed as a blogger.

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 "" 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'am
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..."
While 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.


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!

This post is a part of 20SB’s Looking Back Blog Carnival, and Ben & Jerry’s is awarding free ice cream to lucky bloggers and readers!


  1. I love flashbacks and looking back at stuff like this!

  2. GREAT flashback and yeah..... i always use yeah.

    Hence why i live up North ma'am. :)

  3. I got used to saying "Yes, Ma'am" and "Yes, Sir" when I worked at a fine dining restaurant for two years. I NEVER say it in my every day life though!! I could see how that would be kind of awkward if you aren't used to it!

  4. This was really cute! I grew up in Georgia and then moved to Louisiana so I have always said ma'am and sir. As I get older I myself hate to be referred to as ma'am though...makes me feel old! Your blog is great and I look forward to reading more of it! :)

  5. Nice flashback! I don't know if I replied to your comment but I figured I'd run the risk of reposting! :-)
    There is no Ikea in LA... I wish there was because it would be my Holy Land. I was in Atlanta for my art show and hit up the Ikea there and happened to find that kids table for my bfs niece. I've come to learn that when in Ikea buy what you like because it's an 8 hour drive back to get it! :-)

  6. Too cute!

    Yup there were 9 Bridesmaids! Crazy. The wedding was big -- like 250 people! Fun that you picked up on the fact that is was a Jewish wedding :-)

  7. Too cute!

    Yup there were 9 Bridesmaids! Crazy. The wedding was big -- like 250 people! Fun that you picked up on the fact that is was a Jewish wedding :-)

  8. Ha Ha...I visited a friend in Los Angeles and said, "Yes, Ma'am" to her mom. They had never heard someone say that IRL.

  9. I'm a Yankee Jewish Southern Belle from Lafayette, so I understand perfectly!