Mississippi. Seriously.


My cousin emailed a link to this essay a few hours ago. It says so much about my home state of Mississippi, and left me feeling good! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. — Nuke

Courtesy Girl Keeps It Real

This spring, when I went out to get my beds ready for planting annuals, I discovered a pumpkin patch growing in my backyard.  Why?  Because I had thrown the remnants of a painted, carved, and otherwise desecrated jack-o-lantern back there months before and completely forgotten about it.  That’s what Mississippi mud will do for you.

The state of Mississippi is one of those places that rarely gets taken seriously.  Like other national punch line destinations—West Virginia, New Jersey, I know you feel me here—comedians and commentators across the land feel free to take our name in vain.

To a certain extent, we have it coming.  We bottom out so many lists—per capita income and education for starters—and manage to lead the nation in things like obesity, teen pregnancy, infant mortality, and number of smokers.  It’s sad, and, trust me, we know it.

I say “we” although I am not a…

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  1. Nicely done and well said.
    I’ve enjoyed the sunrise and sunset on the coast in Biloxi and Gulfport, as well as a fantastic southern breakfast at huge restaurant facing the beach, but I expect Katrina made quick work of that place. Wonderful southern biscuits, country ham and stone ground grits…yeah buddy.
    Drove all through the state and fell in love with Vicksburg, perched high above the big muddy.
    One of my grandmothers was from NW Mississippi, one totally honest and tough as a cobb lady.

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