Yes, we are transplants from a small mountain town [near] the Adirondack Park in upstate New York. We believe the people of Western North Carolina are the most friendly, open, giving people in the United States!
Everyone has a smile, greeting or a helping hand. No one purports to know everything; people here certainly have opinions and share them openly, particularly about football :) It seems a consuming passion, which we love.
It occurs to me that people who generalize about others and other regions of our country are slightly guilty of ignorance and a form of bigotry, which, of course, is not something that Western North Carolinians would accept or embrace.
There are certain rules when moving into a new region of the country: Don’t instill your values or judgments upon others — there is a rich and wonderful history here. Learn about it, celebrate it; if you can’t embrace it, keep quiet, and don’t try and change it!
I’ve learned in my six-plus years in Western North Carolina that there are at least six definitions to the term, “Bless your heart.” To the author of recent piece that offered a negative review of WNC residents, let me say, “Bless you!”
All my WNC friends know which definition of “bless you” I mean. :)
— David Heim