Monday, May 9, 2016

An Ode to Carolina

Can we talk for a moment about how much I love North Carolina? I spent so much time in the beautiful outdoors over the weekend, and I just can't seem to get enough. For so many years, I took for granted that I live in such a beautiful place. Though I love it year round, I fall in love all over again when the weather turns warmer. Don't get me wrong - I love traveling and seeing new places, but it is so comforting to know that I call this place home. I love this place where you can watch the sun rise over the mountains, and in the same day, watch the sun set over the ocean. I find so much inspiration from this place I call home, and for that, I am thankful.

I'm thankful for a place where:
  • The tea is sweet and the people are sweeter
  • Summer evenings are welcomed by a chorus of crickets
  • The term bless your heart is a common phrase
  • The doughnuts are even sweeter than the tea - here's to you Krispy Kreme and Britt's.
  • Barbecue is a staple - Eastern or Lexington style?
  • The fragrance of confederate jasmine in the spring is apparent as soon as you walk out the back door
  • Great movies and shows have used our beautiful landscapes as their backdrops: Nights in Rodanthe, Forest Gump, Safe Haven, Dirty Dancing, The Choice, One Tree Hill...just to name a few
  • We celebrate beautiful flowers - Hello, NC Azalea Festival
  • You'll find what looks like a hole in the wall restaurant, but there's a line out the door
  • The fall foilage makes your heart skip a beat
  • Y'all is the proper way to dress a crowd (or just two)
  • Beautiful beaches are part of a lifestyle
  • A snow day could mean a few inches of snow or not even a few flakes falling from the sky
  • We were first in flight
  • Mac-and-cheese is considered a vegetable
  • Tradition rings true, whether it's through the rivalry of ACC basketball or on the campus of Meredith College
  • Spring bike rides at dusk are a necessity
  • You'll find long roads surrounded by gorgeous oak trees - there's nothing like it
  • You can ski on water or down a mountain
  • Most every evening offers a sunset worthy of a photograph
In my mind, I'm gone to Carolina.

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