(me at 19 out driving my kinda logging road)
"....its cornbread and chicken... where I come from a lot of front porch sittin'....where I come from trying to make a livin'......workin' hard to get to heaven....where I come from...."
- Alan Jackson
Where I come from, we don't have cornbread or chicken. We have beer! And....
Beer! We eat a little salmon, maybe some BBQ steak.... watch some hockey..... and then drink a little more beer. Kokanee ("Its the beer out here") if you have it. We really are cliche that way!
Where I was born... there are mountains...
And gorgeous ocean inlets....
Did I mention beer?!
(Poppie, my sister and I in the grater)
And...Logging roads. I spent a lot of time on logging roads in my day. In fact..I learned to drive on one! My Poppie had my sister and I driving stick shift up gravel roads before we hit seventh grade. In fact, so did my Mother...only she was driving in town long before she was of legal age (I might have as well...just a little! Shhh!) but Mom could drive a semi through a drive-thru (and still can.)
(Poppie on the left)
I come from a family of drivers...drivers that love to roam the back roads and take the long way home. Before the age of "carbon footprints" and long before you ever considered the cost of gas, my family thought nothing of getting in the car with no particular destination in mind and just "go for a drive." I miss drivin' round town with my Pops. He would tell the best stories as we passed old landmarks or roads that he helped cut and build. I loved the way he would point and explain anything and everything you ever wanted to know about that particular spot....who had cut it (logged) and when... how much dynamite it took to take down a cliff side or what local haywire so-and-so got drunk one day and did what... he had a story for everything. That town was as much a part of him as he was of it. And that town, nestled in the mountains at the foot of an ocean sound, is and always will be my hometown, ....no matter where I live.
Thomas Wolfe got it all wrong.
You can go home again.