I refer to my husband quite often as a Yankee. I introduce him as a Yankee.
There are a lot of renegades who could teach a lot of people I know a thing or two about business.
There is a difference, though, between those who died with sacrifice and those who are barely living with sacrifice.
All my life, as long as I can recall, Mama saved things. Not because she was sentimental but because she had grown up Scotch-Irish poor so any little bit of something might be valuable down the road.
I learned a lot from Mama but, without question, one of the best lessons she taught me was to be still and quiet.
It is fortunate for me that I was birthed and raised in the South, a place of magical, moonlit and sun-kissed areas where the landscape is the melody and the people are the harmony in our stories.
A speaking engagement in the Chattanooga area landed us within a few minutes of Chickamauga, the site of one of the Civil War’s bloodiest battles, so I insisted that we take a side trip to the historic battlefield.
The moral of this story is simple: There are people and churches in need of kindness and generosity. We can each be a blessing in meaningful ways. Just look around.
No one, regardless of how old we are, likes to be an orphan. It feels oddly like a ship that has been securely moored in a harbor but then is set free to drift without anchor.
Watching some movies set in Georgia, you’d think a screen writer has never visited the South.
Sticking together 150 years later
Something the other day took me back to a time, many years ago, when I followed the tight, winding roads of the mountains to present myself at the door of my maternal grandmother’s house.
In the South, having a truck is akin to being free.
It happens all the time. Tink will meet someone new around where we live and, invariably, that person will mention my daddy.
There were several of these coaches who I found admirable, albeit sometimes gruff and rough-spoken. All refused to suffer fools or encourage them. I suppose it isn’t fair to single out one, but Jim Lofton always stood out.