I’m especially thankful to be in my home state this year with family.
We lived in Georgia for sixteen years. Life there was wonderful, but it was great to come home to Mississippi.
Home…to our home state…our Mississippi.
Patricia Neely-Dorsey says it best in her poem, Meet My Mississippi.
While my table doesn’t contain everything in the poem, I’ve included several things that are very much a part of our lives (HH and mine) here at Hood Manor.
You’ll see no Elvis, blues, or coastal memorabilia – but leaves from our state’s tree and flower, the beautiful Magnolia.
Magnolia tree seed pods, too.
Cotton bolls, of course!
And books by notable authors.
There are two remaining Carnegie libraries still functioning as such, and we have them both in Mississippi, one in Pontotoc and ours in Houston.
I visited our Carnegie to collect a Faulkner title.
Our Carnegie Library has a Mississippi room where you can find all books written by people from Mississippi. They claim all authors who lived in Mississippi even a small part of their life.
There were many books in that room, so I added several others to the collection. A Ghostly Shade of Pale by Merle Temple inspired my Shades of Pale Tablescape two and half years ago.
That’s when I met Patricia Neely-Dorsey. She discovered my blog when she saw the tablescape post shared on Merle Temple’s Facebook page.
She gave me her poetry books, which you’ve seen often and read many of her poems here.
This book intrigued me. I wondered…why is it in the Mississippi room?
I have very little time to read these days, but I’ve got to make time to read Home by Julie Andrews. I want to know why she’s in the Mississippi room! She signed the book in memory of a local couple. Did she stay with them during her childhood? I wonder….
We have so much talent in Mississippi.
Emily from Applique Alley designed and machine embroidered my napkins.
She sells her applique and embroidery designs here, and I’ve already bought some of her samples for grandchildren I don’t even have yet! Isn’t this Magnolia blossom beautiful?
Another talented friend made my stained glass inserts for the old “rat hole” door in the background. In creating the home we love to live in, we southerners love to add Home Jewelry. I’m thankful to be surrounded by all types of talent!
Oh, and one last thing. Just outside our dining room, we have what Patricia Neely-Dorsey calls a warm front porch. Thankful, oh so thankful….
No references to our delta on this table, except this one: Follow this link to see a map of our Mississippi delta.
A little info about Meet My Mississippi by Patricia Neely-Dorsey:
LAST LEGISLATIVE SESSION A BILL WAS SUBMITTED FOR CONSIDERATION OF “MEET MY MISSISSIPPI ” AS STATE POEM. THE BILL DID NOT MAKE IT OUT OF COMMITTEE FOR A VOTE ON THE FLOOR. IN 2017 WE HOPE THAT THINGS WILL BE DIFFERENT. IT WILL TAKE ALL OF US TO GET IT DONE! LET’S MAKE HISTORY! MISSISSIPPI TURNS 200 IN 2017! HELP MAKE “MEET MY MISSISSIPPI” THE STATE POEM FOR OUR BICENTENNIAL YEAR! PLEASE CONTACT YOUR REPRESETATIVE IN SUPPORT OF
“MEET MY MISSISSIPPI” AS STATE POEM
If you’re from Mississippi, I ask you…what’s your favorite thing about our fine state? Do you know why the Julie Andrews book is in our library’s Mississippi room? (Please answer in the comments section below.)
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