- Tea should always be iced and sweet.
- Coffee is always hot
- Any soft drink is a Coke
- Beer should be ice cold
Southern gentleman also know how to change a tire, unclog a drain, mow his lawn and generally take care of his stuff. He can afford to pay other people to do it but he knows just because you don’t have to do something doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. He’s a big believer in not outsourcing his manhood.
When I was a kid there was a man named Mr. Charles Smith, who was one of the most self-reliant men I’d ever seen. Mr. Smith could make anything with his hands. Our church was celebrating some sort of anniversary and Mr. Smith made a scale model of the old church building.
But the thing I remember most about Mr. Smith was he built a machine to shell peas. For those of you aren’t from the south, let me explain why this was so revolutionary.
A big part of summer time in the south is planting a garden full of vegetables. Of course if you plant it you have to pick it. Then you have to process it. Which meant long hours sitting in a rocking chair on a porch shelling peas. Or getting the peas out of the pod. It’s mind numbingly boring and it feels like you can work for hours and still not have very many peas in your bucket. It other words, it sucked and I hated doing it.
Now you know why I was so amazed the first time I saw Mr. Smith’s contraption. It had a tray built of wood about 2 feet square and the bottom was made of mesh just big enough for a pea to fall through. The tray was attached to a motor that would vibrate the peas until the pod would pop open and the pea would fall through the screen into a bucket. Sheer genius! And he built it with his own two hands without YouTube or Google.
Mr. Smith could figure out a solution to a problem. That’s why it’s hard for me to imagine Mr. Smith calling AAA to change his flat tire.
Calling AAA to change a tire, hiring a guy to mow your lawn, getting a plumber to unclog a sink. All of these are tasks that any guy can do. There are tons of websites were you can learn how to do anything.
Here’s the thing, just because you don’t HAVE to do something, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t (or at the very least, know how to do it). At the root of the being a southern gentleman is self-reliance. Knowing how to take care your own stuff.
The problem is too many guys are outsourcing the tasks that help them become a man. They are outsourcing their manhood.
Why Should I?
The reason you should stop outsourcing your manhood is there’s something in it for you.
- A sense of accomplishment
- Develop Problem Solving Skills
- Raise your testosterone level (maybe not scientifically provable, but it does happen)
Most guys miss this. They see changing a tire as a huge pain in the ass. I know it doesn’t make sense but you do get a sense of satisfaction when you change that tire. It’s those times when you feel most like a man.
So stop outsourcing your manhood and learn how to be southern gentleman.
Shelling peas is exempt from the things you’re not allowed to outsource and so is shucking corn (if you don’t know what that is, trust me, you don’t want to). Why? Even a southern gentleman has limits.