Louisville, Mississippi, USA
My dear, you couldn't have gotten it more right! I don't think I could even enjoy living anywhere as much as I do here in the South. We are life-story exchangers, aren't we? And we like to share in everything. The first thing I can ever remember being told by my grandmother when I was little goes like this:
My cousins and I were staying with her one day in the summer, and we were playing and having a ball - as usual. We all had a bunch of toys and playthings, and everything was wonderful. Some of the kids from across the way were walking down the road and decided to stop by and see what we were doing. They wanted to play, too, but (you know us kids ) we didn't want to give up any of our toys. My grandmother walked right up to me and bent down and whispered in my ear -- (little one, you are from the south. We believe in hospitality here. That means that you share what you have, anything you have, with anyone who needs it, like you would share it with your own family. That is what makes you special.) I have never forgotten those words.
So, I extend a hearty welcome to all who want to come visit us, too. From the heart of Mississippi here, ya'lls welcome!!!!!
~you reached inside, you touched my heart,
and I am all the better for it~
Terry A. Woodson, Jr.