Home Town

Where I grew up, there was lots of trees and clouds.2a9f712315818f12dbe8797e116645ca

Where I grew up, we had red clay dirt roads and fireflies

Where I grew up, there was blackberries in every ditch and ants in the sugar bowl.

Where I grew up, my grannies porch swing could take me anywhere; the higher it swung, the farther I could go…

Where I grew up, there was old pick-up trucks, John Deere tractors and lightning bugs.

There was peanut fields, cotton fields, soybean fields and softball fields.download (7)

Where I grew up, we had our very own environmental disaster at the paper mill; where anybody that is somebody works, or has worked…

14 people have died there in 3 years….

But, it still kills fish and smells likes money and shit.

The trees still keep falling….

Where I grew up, I was another person.

I moved away to find my fortune, because there was nothing for me here.

Now I am back, and it has everything that I ever wanted.

Funny how time flies and memories die….

Except, one….

My home town.

images (2)WBBK, Go Bobcats! And a 3 piece catfish plate with coleslaw on the side, please….

Appalachicola oysters, cold beer and a tailgate; traditional, standard, expected fare.

Pool halls, juke joints and parking lot fights; if we were lucky, the girls would tear each other’s halter-tops off….

Good times…

images (6)My home town.

No beer sales on Sunday, unless you’re related to somebody that knows somebody that runs a store with a back door….

I’m back home, and not much has changed.

They’ve closed a store or two, and Mr. Fred died…..Y’all know him, he owned Smitty’s Grill. Yeah, the one that invented coronary blockage and arterial plaque.

Great burgers though….worth it.

Harvey’s is still the grocery store and Piggly Wiggly is still alive.download (3)

Mr. Pip’s truck stop still has no parking, hardly, and the location sucks, but they have awesome cooks.

Worth it…

I came back for the Mayhaw jelly and hoe-cakes.

I came back for the humidity and freaking gnats.

I came back because it was calling me;

My home town.

I have friends and relatives that have never left, stayed close to home.

They ain’t seen what I’ve seen and they could give a crap.

“If I wanted to see New York City, I’d be living there wouldn’t I?”

download (6)“I can see Los Angeles, just fine, when me, the wife and kids watch COPS”

“Why in the hell you wanna go live someplace else, you ain’t got no business messin’ with them folks out there”

I guess they was right, after all….

I don’t think I should have ever left….

But….C’est la Vie…. And sometimes life’s a bitch.images (7)

I’m home now…

It’s been awhile.

Sorry I left…..

Pass the jelly.

Oh, Pete White died and they paved a highway over where his store was…

No more RC Colas with salted peanuts in it….

I ain’t seen any lightning bugs or hardly any blackberries in the ditch, either.images (13)

I guess all of the crop dusting and pest spray killed them all.

The peanut fields look good….but, they’re awful quiet; should be hearing crickets and frogs…

I can still smell the paper-mill in the morning when the fog is low and heavy and the humidity drips from the pine trees that will soon be cut down to make a card-board box.

I’m home now…

images (5)I wish some things HAD changed.

I’m glad it stayed the same, mostly; at least what’s valuable to me…

One thought on “Home Town”

  1. Great post, I don’t think very many of our hometowns have stayed mostly the same like yours…at least mine didn’t. In mine the mom and pop places are pretty much gone, squashed by Walmart, Home Depot and the like. It is very sad that they’ve sold their souls to the Devil and the Devil…well he ain’t gonna give them back. There goes the bit of Americana that I so dearly loved.

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