We all have our quirks…our oddities…our little peccadillos. You know, just those little things that we do that make us special. But there are a few things that you’re not likely to find any Virginian doing. Some of these are silly, some just for fun, but others? They’re dead-on serious, y’all. Read on. You’ll see what I mean…
1. Wishing that it wouldn’t snow.
We may not all be built for 6-foot snow drifts, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a Virginian who didn’t love just a little of the white stuff. Speaking of which, Santa, if you’re reading this, how about a little help here? It IS Christmas Eve after all.
2. Sitting down for a special meal without at least one dish made from an old family recipe.
Whether it’s your great-grandmother’s homemade rolls at Thanksgiving or your grandmother’s fried apples at Christmas, we’ve all got some of these treasures just waiting to be made.
3. Missing out on a chance to celebrate.
From Christmas lights to 4th of July extravaganzas, Virginians love their holidays and celebrate with traditions and customs that are all our own.
4. Not enjoying the beauty of Virginia in any season.
Spring walks, summer beach trips, fall foliage tours and winter hikes. Virginians like to get out and soak it all in.
5. Not knowing our incredible history.
I don’t care how old you are, how much schooling you’ve had or in which part of the state you were born, no one, and I mean NO ONE, doesn’t recognize all that we’ve done and seen over the last 400 years in Virginia. It’s pretty incredible when you really stop to think.
6. Ignoring a friend or neighbor in need.
We help each other out – it’s just how things are done in Virginia.
7. Turning down a 5 Guys Burger and Fries.
They’re just THAT good. Unless, of course, you’re a vegetarian. But then I recommend the veggie sandwich or grilled cheese. And the fries…ALWAYS the fries.
8. Thinking that Virginia and West Virginia are pretty much the same thing.
NOPE. Never. And if you say it, we will be happy to correct you with a long list of reasons why.
9. Cheering for the Cavaliers and the Hokies at the same time.
It just isn’t done. You can support them individually, but at some point, you’re going to have to choose a side.
10. Never tasting venison.
You don’t have to like it, but I’m more than certain you’ve tasted it at least once. In fact, chances are you know at least 3 ways to cook it (and that’s just the vegetarians).
11. Saying “you guys.”
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It’s “y’all.” Even though we all have our different words for things depending on which part of the state we’re from, “y’all” seems to be the one thing we all agree on.
12. Saying we’re from Virginia without adding what part of Virginia we’re from exactly.
It’s hard to just say “Virginia” without adding a disclaimer like Northern, Southside, Tidewater or Southwest.
13. Not liking ponies.
We don’t just like our ponies, we love them. Whether they’re the Chincoteague variety, from the Grayson Highlands or in the breathtaking horse country of Central and Northwestern Virginia, they’re all beautiful to us.
14. Not loving a day on the water.
For some of us it’s the beach, for others a special lake or river, but wherever it is that we love to go, we all have that special waterfront getaway that makes us feel at peace.
15. Or a day in the mountains.
Whether it’s driving the Skyline or Blue Ridge, hiking Old Rag or just sitting on a country porch and enjoying the views, Virginia mountains are part of who we are.
16. Wishing that we could be anywhere but home in Virginia.
Even when we leave Virginia, it will always be home.
What would you add to the list? We would love to hear your contributions in the comments below!