Daily Archives: July 15, 2009

WWC #93: SOUTH of the letter “O”

The Beautiful South

The Beautiful SOUTH — Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Bar (depending on what time of day you go)

I was driving up the road toward my little town and 2 things struck me:  1) There is my WWC picture for this week!  And, 2) I live in the South.  Technically.  I’m in an area that had very mixed loyalties during the Civil War, thanks in part to the Quakers who had settled in this locale.  I’ve never seen a Confederate flag flown here except for the tiny cemetery at a nearby battlefield.
Last year, I read Confederates In The Attic, by Tony Horwitz.  This book was eye-opening for me.  At the end of each chapter, which often left me a little shell-shocked, the author turns introspective and brings the reader along with him.  I found it to be an attitude check, a heart check.  I’m not a Southerner and I’m not a Yankee.  I’m from the [beautiful, gorgeous, beloved] Pacific Northwest.  I had not realized, prior to reading Horwitz’s book, the awful extent of racism that still pervades our country.

I was absolutely shocked on our first Halloween here… one of my kids dressed as a ghost, and not one, but TWO people asked if he was KKK.  Granted, the first person was drunk, but I think alcohol just loosened his tongue to say what was on his mind. Needless to say, our ghost costume is no longer in use.

The Weekly Words Challenge is a photo meme hosted each Tuesday by Tink of Pickled Beef (and spork) fame. I’m a day late this week and short on photos/long on words.  Luckily, the WWC group is a forgiving bunch of folks.  A few people have made a cool button that links to a master list of regular paricipants, but I haven’t figured that one out yet. (HELP?)