What Up Peeps!!!!
How the heck is everyone doing? A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to head down to Arkansas to visit relatives on my dad’s side of the family. Seeing as though I hadn’t been in five years and my eldest uncle recently turned 90 years old, I figured my first trip of 2019 should be down South.
When I tell you I LOVE everything about being in the country; my family members are some of the most hospitable people you will ever meet, it’s great to visit with relatives who are still spry in their advanced age many of whom have been married for over 50 years, I shot a shotgun for the first (and last) time, and the overall slow pace of being in the middle of nowhere forces you to be present and live in the moment.
I got a great flight deal coming into Little Rock but split my time between the cities of Foreman, Arkadelphia, Oklahoma, and Hot Springs. While in town, I ate way more fried and processed food than I would have liked,(YOLO) drank ALOT, saw foreign animals like wild pigs, white tailed foxes, and other assorted road kill, but most importantly got to spend quality time with an assorted mix of relatives. I also learned how profitable buying and selling cattle can be and saw an actual cotton field with my own two eyes.
Being in Arkansa reminds me of the rich heritage I come from as my grandfather and his siblings grew up in stark poverty on a river bed doing menial jobs such as picking cotton to survive. Some of my eldest relatives succumbed to the great flood that hit the state in the early 1900’s, freak accidents, and disease so to be able to spend time with those that are living filled me with such appreciation and great love. We also visited my grandfather’s grave at our family cemetery and it always makes me a little sad as it was my grandfather’s ( I called him PawPaw) goal to return home and retire but he didn’t get the chance since he died of cancer at the age of 56.
Don’t you just love the soul warmth that comes from a good visit with your family? I know I did and definitely needed it to start the year off right. Please enjoy some of the pictures from my trip.
I declare that the rest of the trips I take in 2019 will hold the same warmth, favor, and love that I experienced while in AR. Where are you all looking forward to traveling to this year? Please let me know in the comments below.
Peace & Love,