• Jenny Lynn Keller

Southern Style


Do you like to shop? Most women do, so let’s talk clothes. Do you prefer casual—like a T-shirt, shorts, and flip flops—or is getting all gussied up more your taste? A term my grandmother used for wearing her best Sunday outfit. Nowadays, shopping for new duds takes all of two seconds and a mouse click.


Not in the mountains where my grandmother grew up. Just about everything her family wore was handmade. Yarn spun on a spinning wheel, cloth woven on a loom, hand-stitched dresses and shirts dyed natural colors from homemade dyes. Guess what shades came from the goldenrod plant? Yellow, gold, tan, and every hue in between depending on other additives. Mountain life back then was simple and hard. But the Apostle Paul’s words to Timothy applied in those times and now. “For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that,” 1 Timothy 6:7-8. And here lately, this Southern gal gladly admits to being content with T-shirts, shorts, and flip flops. What is your favorite outfit?

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