Some Day You'll Thank Me for This: The Official Southern Ladies' Guide to Being a "Perfect" Mother

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A hilarious guide to that incomparable creature—the Southern mother.

Southern society is arranged along matriarchal lines, since the Southern matriarch is a far more formidable being than the much nicer Southern male. She has to be this way; she was put on earth with a sacred mission: to drum good manners and the proper religion—ancestor worship—into the next generation.

In Some Day You'll Thank Me for This, Gayden Metcalfe and Charlotte Hays, ...

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Overview

A hilarious guide to that incomparable creature—the Southern mother.

Southern society is arranged along matriarchal lines, since the Southern matriarch is a far more formidable being than the much nicer Southern male. She has to be this way; she was put on earth with a sacred mission: to drum good manners and the proper religion—ancestor worship—into the next generation.

In Some Day You'll Thank Me for This, Gayden Metcalfe and Charlotte Hays, bestselling authors of Being Dead Is No Excuse and Somebody's Going to Die If Lily Beth Doesn't Catch That Bouquet, deliver up a hilarious treatise—complete with appropriate recipes from those finicky, demanding moms—on the joys, trials, and tribulations of being the daughter of a Southern mother. Including sections such as A Crown in Heaven (a Southern mother's favorite fashion accessory), Grande Dames, Toasting the Southern Mother, and why grandmothers prefer their "precious angel baby" grandchildren to their own "bad" children, this is the perfect gift for any Southern mother—or daughter of one.

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The authors of previous tongue-in-cheek Dixie primers (e.g., Somebody Is Going to Die if Lilly Beth Doesn't Catch That Bouquet) offer a conglomeration of genteel recipes favored by their steel magnolia matriarchs and introduced by some outdated though cherished stereotypes about the Southern feminine temperament. As official daughters of Southern mothers (DSMs, for short), the authors enlist their memories and those of friends and acquaintances in compiling these touchingly witty anecdotes about their mothers, underscoring such time-honored Delta traits as fondness for monogramming and beautification, diplomatic double-speak, discretion and decorum, and not letting studying get in the way of their daughters' social schedule. The grandes dames earn some gentle, charming digs ("How could I be overdrawn?" the Southern mother expresses her financial wisdom in a nutshell. "I still have three checks"). The recipes included are truly precious antebellum throwbacks, such as dove and oyster pie, crabmeat imperial and charlotte russe, served in cut-glass crystal with ladyfingers. With holiday cheese balls, homemade mayonnaise, stuffed eggs and plenty of bourbon, these authors good-naturedly toast their Southern mothers, as they recognize, not ungratefully, that they are also becoming them. (Apr.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401302962
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 3/24/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 370,118
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Gayden Metcalfe is a native of Greenville, MS, where she is an officer of the Greenville chapter of the Garden Club of America. She has served as the vice president of the Delta Council and publisher of Delta Wildlife magazine. She is married to Harley Metcalfe III and has two children.

Charlotte Hays is a Delta native and former gossip column contributor at the Washington Times, New York Observer and New York Daily News. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

    You will understand the Southern woman with this one

    The stories are all so true and the recipes are good too. Many girls still go to college for MRS degree and this helps explain all of it.

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  • Posted June 22, 2009

    Growing up Southern

    This is another funny book by Gayden Metcalfe, Charlotte Hays. It helps if you are a DSM (daughter of a southern mother), but everyone can enjoy it. I can relate to so many of the things they write about. A lot of it is true for mothers across the country.

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

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    Life as a Southern Belle....

    "Someday You'll Thank Me for This" is an hilarious review of life as a yung girl in the south. It gives a view of "things our mothers taught us" in a comical way and makes you smile.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2009

    Some Day You'll Thank Me for This

    This is a very entertaining, and nostalgic, read for DSM's (daughters of Southern mothers). If you are from the Deep South you probably knew some mothers and daughters like this. It's a fun read for anyone. And the recipes bring back many mouth-watering memories.

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