Memories of a Child
My family would visit North Carolina every summer, as my mother was born & raised here. Emerald Isle was our vacation destination; Holiday Trav-L-Park Resort campground was our spot. Every summer for as long as I can remember, my younger brother & I were always on the beach. We were a pair of happy little sand bugs pretending to be mermaids (& mermen), jumping & splashing in big tumbling waves. Standing with my toes in the Emerald Isle surf, I felt so small while the Big Blue seemed so BIG… ocean swells looked like tidal waves! It’s funny how those memories of my childhood on the coast are as vibrant and clear now as they were when I first lived them.
Southern Charm, My First Love
I was born & raised on the wide, shell-strewn beaches of the Jersey Shore… and no, not the fake MTV version. I’m talking about the real Jersey Shore, the place I thought I adored until we moved down South.
My beloved northern stomping grounds seemed so different compared to the gorgeous emerald-green waters and narrow coastline hugging Bogue Banks. North Carolina is where I fell in love for the first time, although not with a person but with a lifestyle… an entire culture. This is where I fell in love with the South.
My mother moved us to Cape Carteret a month before I started my junior year of high school. All I can say is “Culture Shock!” At the time I was devastated but had no idea about the amazing life that would unfold before me. Moving to the South afforded me the opportunities to learn about a lifestyle of which I had not yet encountered. The “softness” of the Southern culture appealed to me and brought me out of my rigid “Jersey Girl” shell. It was the first time in my life when strangers treated me kindly, for the sake of being kind… something I was very unaccustomed to experiencing. You know that Southern Hospitality thing you keep hearing about? Well let me tell you, it’s real and in ample supply around here!
Visit North Carolina This Year!
North Carolina has been good for my soul, good for my life. The fact that my son was born & will be raised here in the South brings me joy. Folks who visit North Carolina find themselves falling in love with the sight, sounds, flavors & flair of Southern charm at its finest! Generations make memories to pass along and share with their little ones. Little ones create their own memories to keep for lifetimes. Memories are very powerful, transporting us back to the places that make us feel warm inside. Nothing warms better than the summer sun, & nothing lasts longer than memories of good times with family & friends. Visit North Carolina this year and make it your own!
Until next time, Stay Salty!