... a few days ago, I found myself walking around the courthouse square in Athens.... near the rear entrance there is a wizened old Magnolia tree that is decked out with saucer-sized, ivory blossoms... deep green and almost leathery, the broad leaves created a calm shade against the bricks of the old building... it was beautiful to imagine just sitting for a moment under that tree... protected from the Sun by her shadow... but before I knew it, I had walked on by and was at the corner of the block...

.. I crossed the street towards the coffee house and turned again to admire the view...

.. later, as I was standing at the register waiting on my change, it hit me.. I've been all around the World, and I have to admit... even with the hurricanes, tornados, sweltering heat, humidity, and bugs galore, I love my South... better than any place I've ever been... I love my South... from the mountains to the swamps, there is no place more beautiful or evocative or so full of contradictions... from coastal Georgia to the dry plains of Texas...

... who hasn't visited Charleston and fallen in love with the Live Oaks dripping with Spanish moss?... or spent time in Tennessee when the Dogwoods are in bloom?.. Palmettos, Mountain Laurel or Willow... Tulip Poplar, Cottonwoods, or Elms.. native species of my native land... I may have traveled far and wide... but I'm Home now...

by Eric on June 15, 2005 | Bullshit (9) | SWG Stories
Bullshit So Far

I've never been to the South :(

Bullshitted by livey on June 15, 2005 06:56 PM

Good to know you realize it. ;-) Cherish it...so few are able to live where they love.

And I'm with you on this one...I love the South too!

Bullshitted by Tammi on June 15, 2005 08:43 PM

Me too... :)

Low country food. Wow. I miss that.

Bullshitted by Bou on June 15, 2005 09:15 PM

beautifully said, eric..

and livey, put that on the top of your list of to dos. you are breaking my heart over here, never? follow the birds, you'll be glad you did..lots of reformed cheeseheads down here.

Bullshitted by shoe on June 15, 2005 09:22 PM

Oh it is on the top of my list, right along with meeting all these great people down there!

Bullshitted by livey on June 15, 2005 10:56 PM

Don't forget about all of the pretty women, the south has the finest. They are well bread and taken care of, and because we make shine, Cat

Bullshitted by catfish on June 16, 2005 12:12 PM

I'm not from anywhere and we picked NE Ga to settle of all the places in the world to live. I have a magnolia right in my front yard. You're right, this is the place to be.

Bullshitted by Kelly Drennan on June 17, 2005 07:37 AM

Okay..don't laugh but this is the third time I've read your blog and it's made me think of a damn Ronnie Milsap song...I don't know why so don't ask..haha...I should say that I do like Ronnie Milsap's songs so it ain't like an insult or nothing..just don't know why I always get that in my head... :)

Bullshitted by Sandy on June 17, 2005 06:01 PM

I agree and I am lucky enough to live in Charleston. I enjoyed my snoop around your journal - thanks.

Bullshitted by Joan on June 18, 2005 07:35 PM