Jennifer Garner on the South's Friendliness, Friday Night Lights, and Her Favorite Meal Growing Up
Family, Friday night football, Mama's fried chicken. Those are just a few of the items that usually make the short list for Southerners when they talk about their childhoods, whether it be growing up in a big city or a small town. There are certain memories that are made that we just can't forget. Memories that we would love to recreate when we are mothers or grandmothers of our own. Here, Jennifer Garner shares some of her favorite memories of growing up in West Virginia.
SL: So, what’s your fondest memory of growing up in West Virginia?
JG: The friendliness and patience of Southerners. When I first moved to New York City, my hand almost fell off from waving at every person I passed on the sidewalk—because that’s how I had been raised. I really believe the more people you make eye contact and share a smile with, the happier and more connected you feel.
SL: And you still miss...
JG: West Virginia’s warm summer nights—and fireflies. I miss the easy sense of community (although, with a little effort, you can build that for yourself anywhere). I also miss songbirds at the bird feeder, pickup trucks on the road, and high school football games on Friday nights.
SL: Favorite meal growing up:
JG: Mom’s roast chicken, rice, and gravy with hot homemade rolls. Notice that I didn’t mention anything green—I didn’t eat anything green until I was an adult. There was probably a fruit crumble afterward too—and ice cream.