1. North Carolina

This is the first state filled into my “Exploring the US with Mom” map.  We both were born and raised in North Carolina, and we have explored all over this state together.  She actually still lives there, so I go back several times a year.  I miss living there, but I have to admit it was a much cooler state up through about 10-15 years ago.

She would kick my butt if I posted a picture of her on here, but I really love this one.  This picture of my mom, her grandfather, and her uncle makes me smile every time I see it.  This was in WNC on the family farm in 1948-ish.  It is nice to see a happy candid photo from back then.  I really need to frame this and put it where I can see it all of the time.  It puts me in a happy mood.

mom,gp, and uncle 48

As you can clearly see below, I grew up in the late 70’s and 80’s.  This would be the family trip to Mt. Mitchell in 1985.  I specifically remember loving this outfit because I thought it was something Daisy Duke would have worn.  Mom also cut my bangs in 1st grade to be like Daisy’s, but that didn’t quite work out so well.  No, It wasn’t Daisy.  She cut them to be like Farrah Fawcett’s bangs.  Still didn’t work.

1985 MtMitchell

I’m also adding this picture of the 1983 Cherokee Trip, featuring my cousin in her cowboy hat and gun.  I’m guessing I really liked wearing my hair this way.  We may have been visiting the reservation that day.  My cousin must have purchased the holster at the gift shop, and already had the hat and gun on her.  Sounds very possible.  184

North Carolina has been a great home state for both of us, and I am planning on moving back soon.  We both went to college in NC, and I am slowly getting her college stories out of her.  The more I hear of her when she was younger, then more I think we would have been friends.  Her sister (her daughter is rocking the cowboy attire above) keeps telling me that we are more alike than I think.  Scary, very weird hearing that…but it also humanized my mother in my eyes.