Our Sweet Mom & Dad
“Y’all!! Come in this house!!!”
Visitin’ is a very Southern thing. It’s an art, really. Front porches, sitting rooms, parlors…our homes were built to accommodate gatherings of people and allowing them to visit, celebrate, and even grieve with each other. We learned early that welcoming someone in your home is the ultimate way to show them you love them. Since our father is a pastor and our mother the world’s greatest pastor’s wife, we often had a lot of visitors. We invited people over for dinner, sweet church members often loved on us with wonderful gifts from their gardens or kitchens, and we have a large family that loves to get together. Our house had a revolving door and we loved it. Mom taught us that you always keep something in your fridge or pantry that you could pull out to serve your guests and to always keep the coffee ready to brew a fresh pot. Our mom has a very unique way of opening the door with a huge smile and in her loud, joyful, southern voice practically yelling for each visitor to, “Come in this house!” It is as if she cannot wait for them to come inside and delve into all that is going on in their lives and that their visit is the best part of her day. It would just put the visitor at ease and welcome them into our home with excitement. It’s one of our mom’s most used sayings. Now as an adult, I often find myself automatically greeting my own guests the very same way.
***Our sweet Mom is one of a kind. They broke the mold when God made her. We have never met anyone that has anything negative to say about her…no really…it’s true. One of our favorite things about her is her southern sayings that make up a huge part of her charm. We have decided to create a recurrent column highlighting these special sayings from our upbringing. Stay tuned for all the things that “Mama Says.”***