I believe Pinky has mentioned visiting the US, but I have no idea whether or not she visited any part of the South in general, or South Carolina in particular. That’s probably one of the biggest reasons I’m writing this post. I can’t stand the idea of people who’ve never visited South Carolina thinking that recent events are normal, or that we all hold to certain beliefs. If you’ve never been to South Carolina, I hope I can give you a little glimpse of the good things about us since you’ve certainly had ample opportunity to read the truly horrible things about us. (I just want to clarify that Pinky said nothing derogatory about the US in general, or South Carolina in particular. My mind doesn’t always make sense, so I don’t have the clearest explanation for how her post tipped the scale in favor of writing this post. It just did.)
|Table Rock, SC|
I can’t speak for outside of the South. I’m not well-traveled, and I’ve lived my entire life in southern states. I’ve never been “up North”. But if you’ve visited my blog much at all you know that I’m a South Carolina native, and that I love my home state. I live in North Carolina now, but still consider myself a South Carolinian. Nick is a North Carolina native, and we engage in a lot of good natured banter about who comes from the “better” Carolina. I still love South Carolina, and always will.I’m not trying to defend what has happened, and what is happening in South Carolina. Some things are just indefensible. But the South Carolina that I love doesn’t consist solely of confederate flag waving racists, and that’s the part I want to share with you.
|Folly Beach, SC|
We’re not all obsessed with the Civil War. I know there are a lot of Civil War reenactments throughout the South. There are also a lot of Revolutionary War reenactments. Personally, I have never understood the appeal. The noise is deafening. Every summer you can hear distant cannon fire at my parents’ house (I think that’s actually from a Revolutionary War reenactment). The noise gets old fast. I can totally understand the lyrics to ABBA’s “Fernando” when they sing about how “The roar of guns and cannons almost made me cry”. It gets old. Fast. I promise we’re not all issued confederate flags, and that many of us believe their proper place is in museums and history books.Now I’m not saying that I don’t find the history of both wars to be fascinating. I love museums, and I’m a sucker for Civil War movies and Revolutionary War movies. I just happen to believe they’re history, not something to be re-hashed on a regular basis.
I feel like I’ve somehow spent a long time talking about the negative aspects of South Carolina when I’ve told you I wanted to write a post about the things I love about my state, so here are the good things:
It’s a beautiful state. We have gorgeous beaches, beautiful mountains, and great places in between. In a day’s drive you can easily make it from the mountains to the ocean. I love the variety. We’re also home to the Angel Oak, the most beautiful tree I’ve ever seen.
|Biscuits & Gravy|