Pretty is as pretty does

In the south, we place a premium on “being sweet.” And it can be a real struggle as I’ve written about before. So since we all aren’t born angelic like Gone With the Wind’s über-virtuous Melanie Wilkes, here are a few idioms about the art of being sweet, or not. Pretty is as pretty does….

Mama always said, “Be sweet.”

“Be sweet now!” “Y’all be sweet!” “Love you! Be sweet!” This is the admonition every Southern girl hears from her mother as she leaves the house to go just about anywhere. “Be sweet.” Why? Because despite their angelic looks and Miss Manners comportment, girls are not inherently sweet at all. And their Mamas know that….