Just as I make “new best friends” everywhere I go, I find “new favorite blogs” almost every time someone mentions that he or she has started one. Just this week, I’ve added Pardon Power, Our World in 3-D, and The A-train Journal. Pardon Power is authored by P.S. Ruckman, a former student, and concerns presidential pardons; Our World in 3-D is Rodney Taylor’s blog, and like mine, concerns a little bit of everything; The A-train Journal is being written by Andrew Reed Waltrip and is a photo journal.
This morning when I checked my email, I found a message from Beth Waltrip, one of our best friends in Pensacola and the wife of our “son,” Andy, one of Jay’s best friends and one of “my boys.” The purpose of Beth’s email today was to let friends know that Andrew Reed, her and Andy’s little 71/2 year old boy, is posting to his very own blog, The A-train Journal.
As soon as I read Beth’s note, I went to Andrew Reed’s blog. What a work of art! Since his momma’s a photographer, he’s already traveling with camera in hand and taking really good pictures. GrammySandy, the name he gave me years ago when he was just a little boy, immediately posted a comment telling him how proud she is of him . . . especially of his composition skills and of his great vocabulary. All of us bloggers love comments, so I know he’ll like hearing from me.
I also told him that I’m happy to see him calling himself a redneck. The dictionary definition of a redneck isn’t very complimentary; however, people from parts other than the South have used the term about us for so long and so unkindly that we Southerners are tired of it and have decided among ourselves that it’s not such a bad term. We like rednecks. They’re good country people. And little AR is a country boy. He and his family live out from Pensacola in the Perdido area. I love to go to their home because it’s so peaceful, a bit like our place out here in The Land of Enchantment, in solitude and quietness, that is. In appearance, quite different . . . think “green, lush” when you try to get an idea of their place.
I hope you’ll check my blogroll sometime and give yourself the pleasure of reading Andrew Reed’s blog and looking at his photos. Tell him that you read about him on GrammySandy’s blog. He’ll get a real kick out of that!
(Just a little aside . . . AR isn’t an only child. He has a very creative, energetic, equally-as-handsome-as-he younger brother, Wil Tyler. Someday I’ll write about him!)