The Southern Goodbye

While preparing breakfast, I noticed my neighbors down the road saying goodbye to some friends who had spent the night. It was fun to watch because I knew the procedure. First, you mention you need to be leaving. After some discussion about whether or not you really have to go this soon (10 minutes at least), your hosts follow you outside to your car. While you load your bags, more discussion about hating to see you go so soon and how much they enjoyed the visit (10 more minutes). After you enter your car, at least 5 more minutes wishing you a safe trip and ya’ll come back soon. In the South if you plan to leave someone’s home at a certain time, start 30 minutes ahead of time!

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