But to give us Southerners the benefit of the doubt here, we're honestly just not used to this kind of weather, so how can anyone expect us to have a normal reaction to it? Oh, yeah, Yankees and Mid-westerners can sit up on their high horses and laugh at how we in Dixieland flinch at the tiniest flake, but let's see y'all deal with smoldering temperatures and a little something called HUMIDITY. Try having it so hot that you lose your breath when you walk outside, or that your makeup melts off your face as you sweat from pores you didn't even know you had. That's right, who's laughing now, America?
The benefit of the doubt aside, however, I do have one very important thing to ask my fellow Southerners. A question that has been nagging at my mind since I was a little girl, and now, as a full grown (while not necessarily grown up) woman, I'm more curious than ever. Why, sweet Southland, why milk and bread?
Anytime any kind of winter weather "event" hits the South all I hear is milk and bread. Milk and bread! Milk and bread! We've got to stock up on milk and bread. No doubt, even as I type, the milk and bread is flying off store shelves as if it were cast in gold. Like these two food stores will hold off an encroaching snow storm, a zombie apocalypse, and my neighbor's viscous German Shepherd without even breaking a sweat. Like these two mystical, magical items hold all the answers to our weather woes. As soon as snow is forecasted, we migrate en masse to the grocery stores and relieve the shelves of their milky and bready burden, settling on them like locusts on a farmer's crops. Oh, the snowmanity!
In all seriousness, why are milk and bread the two items we immediately think to stock up on when snow is looming? What do we think we're going to do with the milk and bread? I guess if all else fails we will have bread to eat and milk to drink, but wouldn't that work just as well with, let's say, chips and water? The mystery is too much for me to solve here, that's for sure.
Less than half of a half-gallon of milk and moldy bread: the Ross version of being prepared.
When I was stocking up on my own items for Snow-pocalypse 2011, I got dry goods, like cereal, chips and salsa, and crackers. If we do indeed get snowed-in, as predicted, and the power goes off, I'm pretty sure milk will spoil, as would anything we'd put on bread to make a sandwich; therefore, my logical conclusion was to not worry with milk and bread and to instead stock up on junk food and soft drinks...the food which is sure to save us all in the end.