I decided to ask my friend if she had any interesting folk similes. She shared with me a few she thought reflected her Texas heritage. She is marked KB, and I am marked CS.
KB: “So the simile we always use in Texas is, ‘The winds’ blowing like perfume through a prom.’”
CS: “Can you explain to me the meaning of this simile, in your own words?”
KB: “In other words, Texas weather is really intense. Kind of comes out of nowhere. It’s just a really true statement that reflects Texas well I guess.”
CS: “Have you personally used this simile before?”
KB: “Oh yeah, all of the time.”
Phone conversation in which I recorded KB’s recounts of folk similes as well as a riddle she grew up learning.
KB is a freshman at the University of Southern California and grew up in Austin, Texas.
I did enjoy this simile because, although I have never been to Texas, there is definitely a well-known stigma of it and it is clear there are certain sayings you just don’t hear anywhere else. That is what I find most interesting about Texas: there are so many heritages and cultural values it seems that the folklore in the South would be so strong and prevalent.