Songbird was babysitting for one of her regular families one morning. When she came home she shared the following with me ...
Songbird: "Oh, I can cook some eggs and toast for the children, that way you can get started on your paperwork earlier."
Mother: "Alright, that would be great!"
Songbird proceeds to rummage around the kitchen then ...
Songbird: "Mrs. Mother, where's the bacon grease?"
Mother: "The what?"
Songbird: "I'm going to fry some eggs for the children, where do you keep your bacon grease?"
Mother flashes Songbird a confused and horrified expression ...
Mother: "That's alright ... I'll cook the breakfast."
Songbird absolutely could not believe what she witnessed next. Mother poured vegetable oil into a pan and fried eggs for the children.
Later that day Songbird returned home:
Songbird: "Mom, how could anyone eat an egg fried in vegetable oil? Why would someone even do that?"
Me: "Honey, bacon grease is a southern ... these people don't eat like us."
Songbird: "I suppose that's why they are all so skinny and sickly - they don't eat enough because their food doesn't taste good ... vegetable oil & eggs, GROSS!"
I've said it before and I'll say it again ... You can take a girl out of the south, but you can't take the south out of the girl.