Lordy, I’ve missed you! You are very kind…I am at that place that I always get to the day after I hit Publish — back to debating every word choice. Guess I need to let it settle in some more, but I’m so happy to hear that you like it.
The South is a beautiful region but also such a funny place…doubt it will ever feel like “home” to me. The people are very nice as a general rule, but there’s a perpetual wall around many of them that one can’t break through and too much living in the past in a way that feels oppressive. Of course racial issues loom large, and one can’t help but have flashbacks when driving through the countryside. I have to believe that all of this continues to hold the South down, but I can’t imagine what it would take to resolve it. Much more than removing the Confederate statues.
Hope things are as good as possible with you. ❤