Saying Goodbye to the South

I am writing this post in the Courtyard Marriott in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.

It’s funny how we went from one ‘Burg’ to another ‘Burg’.

A huge part of me cannot believe how long I actually stayed South after going immediately after I graduated undergrad from Otterbein University in June. I remember being so incredulous as to how different life was. You did not expect anything to be finished fast, especially time at the hair salon. I spent at least 3 hours there each time I got a color/highlight living in the South. LAWD. You never mentioned that you DON’T go to church.

Locals use the phrase “It’ll make you slap your momma” to reveal a positive reaction to something, especially food.

There are many things that living in the South has given me. I have grown up there. “Put your big girl pants on.” Having gone to college 20 minutes away from where I was raised in Ohio, having an adventure was very important to me. I will never forget…

  • Zumba Classes in the Hargrave mess hall after school
  • driving the 15 minutes just to get a decent cup of iced coffee from Starbucks. How corporate of me, I know.
  • Going for runs and always having to wave at cars driving by.
  • The Lynchburg Farmers’ Market. Will always carry my ‘Lynchburg is for Locivores’ tote!
  • I will always remember Dean LTC Walter Sullivan at our in-services to take faculty back to campus when I worked at Hargrave. He would say, “The tobaccoo is as tall as your eye, that’s when we know it’s time to start the school year.”
  • Discovering a love for hiking, especially those gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Friends that turned into family in Chatham. Regretfully, I have lost touch with some of these individuals that took me in while I practically needed a passport to navigate the social situations. I will always be grateful to Suzie Brawn, Cindy Watson, the Oditts, Ty Gafford, Mrs. Finkner, Walter Sullivan, Miss Kerry, Blair Sutton…among others.

Before we left Lynchburg, we had to try out the hotel that we blocked rooms out for our wedding! The pictures below are of the Craddock Terry Hotel.  The space is gorgeous. We stayed in a regular, king-sized room. The bus will pick us up and drop us off at this hotel. For those of you who have not received your ‘Save the Date’ yet, they are coming out very soon.

The Craddock Terry Hotel

The picture of southern hospitality. 

A view of the lobby, inside the red door!

Your breakfast comes in this shoeshine box between 6 and 7 am. 

Each door has a unique shoe design on the door. No two rooms are the same! 

This shower was delicious!

One thought on “Saying Goodbye to the South

  1. The Mess Hall Momma says:

    L_____ & I have been wondering how you’re doing and it seems you are DOING AMAZING!!! You look happy and that’s all that matters! Shoot me an email sometime if you want to catch up…we miss ya!

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