I am proud to be an American. There, I said it. I've traveled to all but 7 states and loved every one of them. However, I've only lived in the south. Born and raised, as we say. And I'm proud of it, too.
"I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him."
That is why I was truly sad when a friend from the northeast chastised my blog for being divisive. She held her tongue, but she did communicate her feelings that being a "belle" is racist.
We could have a long discussion here, being a "belle" is no more racists than a cotton field, the word "y'all", a magnolia blossom, the Delta Queen, Coca-Cola, rebel flag, boll weevil or watermelon, but let's save it for another post. Instead, let's spend our energy naming reasons why we love New England, too. Just because I'm a belle, doesn't mean I am a racist nor does it mean I don't love my Yankee friends.
Can I say "Yankee"?
Here are my reasons for loving New England, and they are not in any particular order...
1. Cape Cod School of Art and all the fine artists who have passed through its doors.... Charles Hawthorne, Henry Hensche, Camille Przwodek, Rick Casalli, just to name a few and all lovingly referred to as Mud Heads.
3. Covered Bridges
4. Whale watching
7. The home of Emerson, Thoreau, Louisa May Alcott, Edith Wharton, Emily Dickinson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, and more beloved American authors.
8. Home to Stephen King, "Jaws," "Amityville Horror," "The Headliess Horseman" and many other wonderfully scary things.
9. History of the Founding Fathers and the birth of our nation.
11. LL Bean, Vineyard Vines, Lilly Pulitzer and many of the quintessential preppie brands found on southern college campuses and beyond. Even Jackie wears a "Lilly."
12. Julia Child's home where she completed her book, "Mastering the Art of French Cooking." I was so pleased to get to see her kitchen on display at the Smithsonian on my last visit to DC.
14. Tasha Tudor
15. The Kiss
16. Wicker Furniture
17. Ivy League Schools
18. Eli Manning and the NY Giants
19. Leaf Peeping
20. Historic Mansions of Newport
I could go on forever. I love the coast, the mountains, the cities, the hamlets, the markets, the colleges, the cafes, the theater, the concerts, symphonies, snow, food, art, culture, history, antiques, architecture, and the people.
What do you love about New England?