#63: On Spring in Georgia

#63: On Spring in Georgia

Often, when I come home from vacationing in LA or in some other city, I look around and think to myself that my town is a little boring and I find myself longing to live somewhere more exciting.  Somewhere like the fun place I just came from. It can take a little while to become content again, but I can always count on something happening to remind me why I love living in Atlanta.

For example, the other day I left work listening to the playlist my cousin put together a couple summers ago when our good friends from California came to visit.  As I sang along with Zac Brown Band:

You know I like my chicken fried

A cold beer on a Friday night

A pair of jeans that fit just right

And the radio up.

I found myself thinking “you know, I really do love living in the South” (and, incidentally, I actually do like Country Music).   And while I don’t like beer, I really do love my chicken fried, my favorite pair of jeans and the radio up!

Currently, it’s spring in Georgia.  The dogwoods and the azaleas are in bloom.  To me, there are very few sights prettier than snowy white dogwoods surrounded by a carpet of hot pink and flaming red azaleas.  Add to that the sweet lavender of the wisteria and the sunshiney yellow of the forsythia and you have a formula for fabulousness.

Finally, the weather is gorgeous too.  Last Friday night my cousin and I joined the throngs of people venturing outside in downtown Roswell.  Due to a rain storm, the incredibly high pollen count of 4000 plus had been cut in half and the sun was shining.  We ate Mexican food on the patio of a local restaurant while people-watching.  Later we treated ourselves to salted caramel gelato at another local restaurant and spent the rest of the evening walking up and down the historic district, peeking into shops, greeting friends, and admiring the lovingly preserved houses with their gorgeous gardens.  Life doesn’t get much more pleasant than that.

With the advent of spring, there are so many fun events on the horizon.  GA Shakespeare’s “Shakespeare in the Park” at Piedmont Park, the Dogwood Festival, concerts at Chastain Park’s Amphitheater and so much more.  And Food Truck Season has begun and soon I will be enjoying lime fries from Tex’s Tacos and a cookies and cream popsicle from King of Pops.

When our friends come again this summer from California, we will again get the chance to show off our corner of the world.  We will again “shoot the Hooch” and check out some more of the many fantastic restaurants, while mourning the demise of Relish and their Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding with Espresso Cream Sauce.

Sometimes we get stuck in a rut and forget to take advantage of all the wonderful things available to us in our own cities.  We long to be somewhere else, but need to be reminded of our local festivals, events, historical sites and restaurants. Wherever you live, grab someone you enjoy spending time with and enjoy spring.

And, if you are lucky enough to live in the South, you can sing along with me (and Buddy Jewell):

From Carolina down to Georgia,

Smell the jasmine and magnolia,

Sleepy Sweet home Alabama,

Roll tide roll,

Muddy water, Mississippi,

Blessed Graceland whispers to me,

Carry on, Carry on,

Sweet Southern Comfort carry on.

Amy- Bradley Hand


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