If you need a break and want to spend about an hour or two relaxing and reading a good book, I recommend "The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop," by Fannie Flagg, author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe.
The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop is the story about Bud Threadgoode, the kid with the one arm, son of Ruth and Aunt Idgie. You'll be introduced to Bud once again but now he's married and has a child named Ruth. If you liked Fried Green Tomatoes, I think you'll love the sequel. It's an easy, engaging, and enjoyable story with some new characters added to the story about Whistle Stop. Below are some teasers written from the book that just might make you sit back and realize, we call come from somewhere. Maybe a small town with a place like 'The Whistle Stop Cafe,' and a cook named Sipsey, Sheriff Grady, and the Reverend Scroggin.
Fast forward to 1986 in Fairhope, Alabama, where Dot the newsletter reporter writes: "You're Never Too Old to Learn:" I thought I had known this before, but I never realized just how much we all depend on other human beings, until I got hit by a truck in the Walmart parking lot...
People I'd never met before in my life, who didn't know me from Adam's cat, suddenly became the most important people in the world."
What I found most enjoyable about this story is that there is a lot of truth in what children learn from the community in which they were raised and just how important the people in the community are in good times and the unfortunate times that forces kids to grow up a little bit quicker. We really are put on this earth for a good reason and people need people in order to prosper and grow. I really do think that whether it's because you're a real estate agent or not, if you are living in a community, there are ways each person can contribute to future opportunities. And to think, members here on ActiveRain also influence one another by their stories they share here on AR.
I will end this post with one more quote (a real Southern quote) from the character Dot in "The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop," in reference to the man who hit her in the parking lot, she writes, 'bless his heart.' And finally, I'll leave you with one final thought from me - a home is much more than bricks and mortar and material goods. Where there is love, there is home - Patricia Feager
Photos by Patricia Feager