Monday, April 8, 2013

My Place

It's around this time every year that I really miss my hometown. 

The time when winter fades directly into summer, bypassing that lovely season of spring completely except for maybe a day or two. Where the temps spike into the 80s by early morning. And by afternoon your forehead is beaded with sweat just looking out the window. The time when you catch your breath as soon as you step outside. 

It's the time when I start to see Facebook pictures surface of all my friends who still live there, spending their Saturdays on the beach or the sand bar. 


The time where your summer uniform is a bikini, a pair of jeans shorts and some flip flops. And your accessories are Ray Bans and a bottle of sunscreen. 

Yes Atlanta has a piece of my heart but there's something about that place......that place where you were born. And spent your growing up years viewing from the backseat of the car. That place for me is one made up of islands connected by bridges. Of ocean-lined sandy beach, of marsh grasses and rivers. Of big oak trees clothed in gray and green mosses. 


A place where Marines are made. And whose skyline is dotted with shrimp boats holding fisherman still in search of sea treasures. A place where festivals are centered around water and seafood. Where evenings are spent around a table of oysters begging to be shucked or a pot of "Lowcountry Bowl." 
United States Marine Corps, The: training, Parris Island, South Carolina

That place for me is Beaufort.....nestled in the corner of my beloved South Carolina.


What's your place? What's something interesting about your hometown? 

XO, A

17 comments:

Corianne said...

I've always wanted to go to the Carolinas! It just seems so beautifully, perfectly... home. And I'm from the OPPOSITE corner of the US! Haha

Ashley said...

I just love the Carolinas, Beaufort looks beautiful!

Ginger said...

I have lived in Beaufort, Lady's Island specifically, since July of 2002. Walterboro was where I was reared and my octogenarian parents still live in the same house they bought in 1967 when Dad retired from the Air Force for me to start kindergarten. The one way Main Street is quaint, but now lined with mostly antique shops owned by folks from Charleston who found our rent cheaper than down there. I have many memories of that place, especially my parents' house where some of the interior hasn't changed since the 80's, and the elementary school right behind their house that I attended. I get nostalgic whenever I go to visit.

laura loves.. said...

Ahh Ashley, I love this post! I have totally left my heart in that particular corner of the Carolinas also - so excited that I will be back there in a few weeks!

Maggie said...

AH! I love Beaufort! My hubby's grandparents live right outside of it in St. Helena's.

Such a fun little beach town where everything slows down and you can just enjoy life. Man, you made me just want to get in the car and go.

Mean.

Young and Fabulous said...

ahh i love this ashley. I absolutely LOOOOOVE South Carolina! Esp your area! so beautiful and seriously just such a happy place!

love the way you describe it too :-) just perfecto!

My place...Boston!! well, more specifically a town 10 mins south---Braintree/Quincy. Something interesting? The first Dunkin Donuts was here! hahah its still here as well...very retro looking!

xoxox

jayme said...

gotta love that entire area. my dad and brotherinlaw are headed to colleton river tomorrow. jealous.

my place, louisville, won the national championship last night. but i'm a kentucky fan. at least its in the right state :)

xo

Shannon said...

I don't think ONE picture from my hometown compares to even the most bland pictures of your hometown.

Want to see cows with snot in their noses? A prison? More cows? Come to MY hometown!

Katie said...

Well, since my place is technically a quaint old farmhouse on a dusty gravel road outside the town Hoosiers was filmed in...I would trade you hometowns any day!

But seriously, I do love going home. Summer in the country is the best- so slow and easy. And now I sound like a country song...

Alex said...

What a gorgeous place to grow up :)

Mariah said...

You Sweet Friend are making me very home sick! Luv ya

Ashley said...

Oh, Ash. Don't I know how you feel. Greensboro, NC isn't nothin' like Beaufort, but home is where the heart is. The weather is sooo beautiful right now back home and I'm super jealous of all my friends enjoying it! Hehehe

Sara Louise said...

I can't imagine how cool it must have been to grow up in such a beautiful and unique place! I understand why you miss it xo

Sarah Burton said...

Oh I love South Carolina. My mom is from Varnville, about an hour from Beaufort. I love the lowcountry!

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

such a good post! i remember when i was younger, i never wanted to go back or even ever wanted to get "stuck" in beaufort. but lately, i've found my heart drawn back to there. guess i'm getting old or something. ;)

M Renaaye said...

Beautiful photos and lovely post...I live in Sacramento CA...we have rivers but nothing as pretty as your home town :) xoxo

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Katie said...

I adore this post. I love getting to hear all about where everyone calls home or their hometowns. Beaufort looks STUNNING. I want to visit! haha One of my other online friends lives there too!

My hometown is small, in the middle of nowhere with nothing to do and kind of trashy - I'm just being honest - but there is something special about it. Because it is where I grew up. And it can be beautiful too if you really look. The cornfields and trees in the fall are gorgeous and we are less than 2 minutes away from country roads that are perfect for going on drives just to listen to music. You can find the good anywhere if you just look and, so, I'm happy with my town.