What ‘This Is Us’ Star Chrissy Metz Misses Most About The South | Southern LivingRandall Smitham January 19, 2020 5 Comments
I do have a favorite Southern food, and maybe it’s not so Southern, but it’s squash casserole. Some people add Ritz crackers, some people add saltines. Now, I say either one. Make sure you ‘on’t forget the cheese. Bing! That was cute. (sighs) Growing up in Florida was so fun. We used to feed horses on the way to school, which was really cute and really fun, and would cause us to be late sometimes, which is not good. And you’re going to the springs, or going to the beach, and on the way to the beach, you get bowled, bowled peanuts. Bowled. We’d also ride our bikes to TCBY, The Country’s Best Yogurt. Some people don’t know that. There was a creek in my neighborhood. We shouldn’t have been in it, but we were. It mighta been like a retention pond, but it looked like a creek. There’s just something really different about growing up in the South, and I ‘on’t think, unless you’ve experienced it, you really understand. Yes! Of course I’m a Gator fan! (sighs) Listen, it is a house divided with my family. I ‘on’t even wanna say the three letters FSU. I recently took my family to an FSU-Gator game over Thanksgiving, (sighs) and that was difficult. And I’m not gonna say who won, ’cause it doesn’t matter anyway. It’s hard to say where I always go back to, aside from Publix. I grew up going there, and I get excited. My friend and I get excited when we see Publix. We’re exciting. In my Publix sub, I like: mayonnaise, mustard, tomato, turkey, cheese, light lettuce, salt and pepper, maybe some oil and vinegar. White bread cut in like threes, ’cause I want to savor it, and sometimes, it seems, I mean, nothing’s insurmountable, let’s be honest, but it seems that way, so I like it divvied up. What do I love most about the South? I think it’s just the way people treat each other, and they’re not rushin’ you to get outta the restaurant, and they wanna make sure that what you’re havin’ is good, and we went to a restaurant, and the girl was like, “I don’t wanna bring you these muffins, ’cause I wouldn’t eat ’em, and if I wouldn’t eat ’em, I ‘on’t wanna give ’em to you.” And I just think that is the sweetest thing and so thoughtful. I remember moving to LA, and I dropped groceries, and somebody stepped over me, whereas in the South, they would help ya get groceries and get new bags, and make sure that you’re, you know, it’s just people are just very, very thoughtful. How would I describe the modern Southern woman? I think she’s a little more outspoken than ever before. Less aware of what other people think. Much more independent. My grandmother was the toughest cookie. So graceful, and she loved makeup, and her hair was always coiffed, but she was such a great provider, and she was such a fan of mine. I could do no wrong, which is sometimes an issue in our family. I’m like, “It’s fine ’cause Grandma loved me the best,” which is not nice, but when you’re fighting with your family, that’s what you do. You push the buttons. Not nice. I’ve grown out of that, but we know the truth. She was just so a wonderful, wonderful woman, and very opinionated, and spoke her mind. I learned so much from her. She was very religious, and I always had a strong faith as well, and that was, I think, instilled from her. Whatever you believe in, I think that it’s important to have that strength and that foundation, because it got me through everything that I’ve been through to be here, sitting here right now. Initially, I called her “Grams,” but my special name for her was “Nama,” N-A-M-A. Also, it was because I couldn’t pronounce “grandma” when I was little, so it was Nama. I do love cute little Southern names for grandparents like Memaw and Pawpaw and, oh, it’s cute.