Monday, July 6, 2009
We just returned from a trip to the land of my childhood...East Tennessee and the Smoky Mountains. It was a fabulous trip. Almost 20 years ago I left Tennessee and in the years that followed, I only visited a few times each year. In the early years after my departure, I was happy to be living away from my roots, making a new life for myself, even shunning that old life at times. I have changed. Now, I love going back. And when the time comes, it is hard to leave. I love the look of the land.I love the things you can only find in a tiny southern town, like a spa and HVAC parts in the same location.I love driving through Cades Cove and counting deer even though I've done this at least once each year (and in many years multiple times) since I was 6.It's always nice to go back home.