Areas in the North ask if they can put your items in a “sack.” Where I come from it’s called a “bag,” and a pop is offered rather than a soda. In another part of the country a grandmother is often known as “Mom Mom” and grandfather as “Pop Pop,” while other areas are Grandma and Grandpa, Mimi and Poppa. Aunt and Uncle are used for respect when talking about close friends and children, or the term “Miss or Mr.” is placed in front of a woman’s or man's name.
Some years ago a friend of ours passed away and I made the phone call to another friend down south who had worked with my friend years before. Her husband answered the phone, so I made the polite request, “Could I speak with Miss Janie, please?” I heard the husband as he handed his wife the phone say, “I don’t know who it is, but she called you Miss Janie. It must be someone from Maryland!”
Many cultures have come together in a blend, unique to the area, which creates its peculiar culture. None is better or worse than the other, they just are. It’s what makes our country so interesting! When there is a rich mix of different cultures there is so much to share; so much to learn! The Europeans learned much from the Native Americans when they first arrived in the "new land." As other cultures blended in with these from all over the world, we were enriched as we were influenced by each other’s traditions. The process continues, even today.
If we have so much to offer each other, why do civilizations rise and then fall? The Mayan culture was rich, yet it went into decline and fell. The Roman empire held great importance, yet it too, failed and fell. It is said civilizations grow and then decline, some more rapidly than others. Sometimes war, drought, economic failure, epidemics, natural disasters, or any combination of these could be the beginning…..of the end for an empire. Sometimes political issues can cause a country to lose its greatness to the point of being regarded with disgust rather than pride. Some would argue Sweden many years ago fell prey to this, as did Rome, while others would say Italy. I suggest there are others, but leave that open to debate!
What about the American empire? We are rich is music, art, cuisine, traditions which have blended together to make a great country. Will we also fall? Do you see our country as in decline or moving forward? Are we proud of what our culture stands for? Do those areas where we are rich negate where we fall short? Are we headed as a country or people for collapse?