The expression ‘American by birth, Southern by the Grace of God’, has never been more true for me than last night.
I was fortunate enough to have some good friends over for burgers and it wasn’t long at all before the storytelling began.
Now, I’m not saying that storytelling doesn’t go on in other parts of the country, but in the South it’s an art form.
The stories started simply enough last nigh, talking about local musical legend Gamble Rogers and then more current musicians such as J. J. Gray. Before long the stories topics became more varied: alligators, snakes, (most reptiles in general), growing up, school experiences, and comedian Jim Gaffigan.
Now when we swapped stories, you can’t just TELL a good story; you HAVE to act it out as well. Another thing so great about last night is that at no time when talking about the people involved in the stories were the people themselves judged or ridiculed. The ideas the person had may not have been the best or smartest, but the person themselves were never insulted.
All in all, it was a fun-filled evening and helped light the writing fire under me again!