I am from four daughters, three on Earth and one in Heaven. I am from pancakes for dinner and “Bailey Family Fun Night”. I am from Canton Golf Course pool and R&M Hoagie Shop.
I am from a 3 bedroom ranch so full of love that you could barely shut the door. I am from a 100 year old oak tree in the front yard and a green and white swingset in the back yard. I am from snow sledding on a cookie sheet and overnight trips to Daytona Beach.
I am from Nana’s strawberry patch and blue hydrangeas and from Grandmother’s pink roses and white azaleas. I am from garden grown vegetables and home raised chickens. I am from shopping trips to Atlanta and five-course dinner parties. I am from the best of both worlds.
I am from the charismatic and the quick-witted. I am from the compassionate and the kind hearted. I am from the determined and the hard working. I am from proud ambassadors of faith. I am from Bailey, Cannon, Tippens and Cagle.
I am from a Holly Springs basketball game and a chance meeting at the concession stand. I am from “So you’re the great Ricky Bailey, huh?” and from buying a pair of blue jeans so his nice pants wouldn’t get ruined if he had to fight. I am from a Mom who still gets giddy when my Dad walks in the room and from a Dad who declared his love for my Mom on a high school bus full of his peers. I am from a “you are my next breath” kind of love and an example of marriage that inspires the old and the young.
I am from Sunday School, youth camp, choir performances, Vacation Bible School and Baptist baptisms. I am from reading the Bible and praying for the stranger in the ambulance.
I am from six generations of Cherokee County. I am from a gazebo in downtown Canton and a little white house on Old Magnolia Street.
I am from “Be smart” and “With You and our heath we have it all”. I am from Canton Woman’s Club and framed cross-stitching. I am from taking fried chicken to the funeral home and baking cakes for the church homecoming. I am from fixing lawn mowers and singing old hymns.
I am from boxes of black and white photographs and love letters that my parents wrote to each other when they were 15 years old. I am from homemade quits and doll cakes. I am from 1986 home videos and leather bound photo albums.
I am from “blood is thicker than water”. I am from love.