Monday, September 12, 2011

Utica Makes Me Smile

Most of you have probably never heard of Utica, MS. It's a little bitty town just outside of Raymond, MS. Most of you have probably never even heard of Raymond, MS. :)

Anyways, I have spent many a day in the special little town of Utica. Mainly on my Grandparent's cotton farm. When I was little, I would spend a week at a time there. My sisters would ask to go, and often I insisted that they stay home so I could have my grandparents ALL to myself. Between the delish home cooking and truck rides and shooting the gun and taking in that beautiful cotton and watching the crop dusters fly amazingly close to the ground and most importantly my Grandparent's patience and endless love- Utica was just a place where time seemed to slow down and where I have just always felt at peace. Probably my fondest memory (and I have ALOT to choose from here- several of which rank pretty high up there) is sitting on my Paw Paw's tailgate, perched on just a bit of higher land than everything else, watching the sun set behind the pines that outlined his cotton fields. It was just the two of us and endless country. What a feeling. I can specifically remember his arm heavy around my shoulders as we just sat silently gazing out into the wide open. We saw Haley's Comet out in that same field. I remember him telling me that I would be 65 the next time Haley's comet came around. I was 5 at the time. I can just remember thinking how OLD that was- 65 was out of my realm of thinking.

One reason I was so excited about moving back home was the ability to spend alot of time in Utica. It has always been really important to me that my children experience what I experienced running around in wide, open spaces and smelling pure, clean air. While there may not been cotton spurting out of that dirt anymore. And some of the old dusty roads may be grown over- the feeling is just the same. My Grandparents are such selfless, loving people and seeing the joy that Hutch & Hazel bring to them makes me smile from the inside-out! I feel so privledged and blessed not only for the time I have been able to spend with my Grandparents in Utica, but for the opportunities that lay ahead for my children to run free in that special place and have their own lives touched by these 2 very special people. What a great weekend we had!

All smiles.

Looks like they have their hands full, wouldn't you say?
Sunday was such a beautiful day- I tried to capture the leaves falling but, of course, a still image doesn't justify it!

The old swingset- there used to be an old slide at the end of this and Mee Maw always had plenty of baby powder on hand to make our slide down just a wee bit faster. We would be covered in that stuff from head to toe.

The Hutch-Man

I think he was pretending to be fishing. In the bird bath.
Well, I tried to make him smile.

Me and my little fella.

Hutch took a swing at Aunt Syble's.

Out in the pasture. While I couldn't get a pic of them both smiling, I was thrilled that they were both looking at the camera.

The old chicken house.

Love this...

Smiles! They love each other SO much!

Love this.

Up to no good??? For the record, there is no telling what these 2 are discussing.

Driving the John Deer

Look at Hazel smiling up at her Paw Paw. And Hutch cuttin' up. In just his MS State tee and underpants.

This actually has nothing to do with Utica, but it is totally blog-worthy due to Hazel's expression. Look at that smile! Have a great week everyone!

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