I was trained by my dad to say please, thank you and you’re welcome. There were consequences if I or my siblings didn’t follow these rules. I’m sure older natives of South Carolina remember those consequences.

I hardly ever say you’re welcome anymore. It is so engrained in my brain to say thank you, that I say thank you to those thanking me.

I believe our drawl is because of our hot and humid summers. We did not have air conditioning until I was in my mid-20s, and that was a single window air conditioner.

I remember sitting with my arms resting on a chair hardly able to move. Sweat was pouring from every pore in my body. You don’t talk fast nor move fast when you are without energy.

Barbara Way Walsh

Forest Circle

Summerville