I am so thankful when I look back on my life. There were rough patches for sure – a few too many sometimes – but overall, I am grateful to have been born into the life I have been fortunate enough to lead.
I grew up just shy of the Appalachia most people only know through documentaries. I was fortunate enough to be born into a family of hard working people that did everything they could to provide for us, even when it was hard.
I will never forget my early days researching my genealogy. One of the first documents I found was my grandfather’s “old man’s draft registration”. There on my screen was my grandfather’s signature and it brought me to tears. Why? I cried because I knew he could not write. I had watched him over and over practicing his signature on the backs of discarded envelopes so he could endorse his retirement checks.
I come from humble beginnings. I had good examples of people who worked hard. I also had the curiosity and desire to spread my wings which I did. I leapt from the nest, anxious to experience the world. As a result, I think I have more cosmopolitan view of the world had I not experienced other cultures and met people I would not have met otherwise.
I love all the places I’ve been, but I am just a country girl at heart. I guess I always will be.
Little Jimmy Dickens said it best.
Written as part of Linda Hill’s JusJoJan.
Prompt word today (cosmopolitan) submitted by Willow from Willowdot21.