Day 160/365 Where I Come From...

by Russell Smith June. 10, 2019 151 views

Well first thought was my parents. Second one is planet earth. Then I thought a bit more. I am a Fla native who graduated high school from a school in the eastern panhandle of WV. Army sent me to California and I wondered around the states for a few years until I landed here in SC. This is where things get complicated somewhat. I have lived in Fla about 15ish years, WV about 3ish years and SC 19 years. So wouldnt I be from SC after all that is what my id says I am from this state. Well I live here but I am from Fla and I graduated from high school in WV. That is what I tell people. I love Fla and I hate Fla too (hot humid ....) . WV well I love the mountains and it is where I discovered winters and yes shoveling snow but I loved winters. In fla winter went like this 70F put on sweatshirts, 60s heavy coats, 40s there is no life outside.... it is too cold and if it snowed only people from Pa., NY. , NJ. and Canada went outside to decorate the ditches (because they know how to drive on it).

I also come from a childhood that is full of true but almost unbelievable stories. From scuba diving to raising dairy animals or sheep or a garden larger than peoples yards. What about the summer I spent in Mexico or going no sneaking out with friends and gigging flounder or frogs 100 miles from the house only to be back before dawn. Not realizing that people bought meat at the grocery store as their main source of meats(I was 18 or so when I realized that). Being 14 before I realized seafood was not an everyday meal or that beef hamburgers were not a special treat to most. Deer meat/wild game was not eaten at everyones table. Working in tobacco fields or watermelon fields to earn some extra $$ . It was a beautifully odd but normal to me childhood. I think this is mostly where I come from. The rest of the odd bits to me come from my life experiences after high school and make me who I am.

The above photo is me in Big Pine Key with a young "Bucky" he is/was a Key Deer. Think of the size of a Lab or other dog that is about that size and that is all the taller that these deer were full grown. He would sleep with our dog (a deer hunting hound) or when it got too hot he would let himself onto our back porch to enjoy the fan for a while then go back out.

Proof of snow in Fla. December of 89 we had snow that lasted almost a week and gave us a white Christmas.

I know this post is a bit late and yesterday slid so far sideways that I think it crashed. We went to Aiken to find out the results of my sister in laws health scare. Figured a few hours there and a return trip back to Charleston. Well after a few hours there she made a return trip to the hospital and after finding out they were going to transfer her to another hospital and that things are ok (stable) we had to make our return to Charleston (work, pets, what not). This month in its short time has been a serious reminder to me that I need to enjoy life and those that I love. Life is resilient but it is also fragile.

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Trinicia Perch 3 months, 1 week ago

Thanks for sharing!

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Piotr Matura 3 months, 1 week ago

I like your photos, but I like your story much, much more. Thank you for sharing it. 
And all the best for you and your family!

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Russell Smith Replied to Piotr Matura 3 months, 1 week ago

:) Thank you.

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Camellia 3 months, 1 week ago

What a a great entry and thanks for letting us into part of your life. I think you should considered putting your experiences as a child/young man into some form of memoir for your kids. They might not be totally into it right now but as they get older and start having their own family it will be cherished to the max.😉

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Russell Smith Replied to Camellia 3 months, 1 week ago

Thank you and that is a very true point . I look at some of the things my mom saved for me that came from my childhood and how amazing it is to have those and I would agree the kids might not be into it now but one day they will be.

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Lee Santiva 3 months, 1 week ago

Thanks for sharing so much about your background, I feel like I know you better now. Sorry to hear about the health issues, and I hope she gets well soon!

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Russell Smith Replied to Lee Santiva 3 months, 1 week ago

Thank you. I think in time and with the correct treatment and her following that treatment things will get better maybe not 100% but much better than they are now.

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Sherry Hill 3 months, 1 week ago

very cool photos.. looking back on some cool memories.. 
and our differences in childhood.. pretty much opposite.. i grew up inland and never heard of seafood.. 

and the second part
blessings to you and yours and i went thru a moody stretch about a month ago due to a health scare.. it isn't over, but i can't give up when something is just "hanging" over me.. ya can't consider it just waiting to become bad, NO!!.. perhaps nothing comes of it.. sooooo, YES! live life in the present.. today i am well, today i am healthy, today i am happy and grateful.. 

while i'm rambling [ok, rolls eyes.. heh]
i just read a book about Iraqi/Iranian POW's and one of them said, that no matter how deplorable the conditions and the torture, he made himself find ONE thing each day to be grateful for.. and he believes that is what kept him alive.. 

as much as i love your food posts, i am really enjoying your nature and thought provoking posts..

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Russell Smith Replied to Sherry Hill 3 months, 1 week ago

Thank you. I found out I am decent at food and honestly I do love doing that when I cannot get out. My favorite kind of photography is nature/wildlife mainly because I love getting out in it, observing and learning the rhythms and heartbeat of the woods.I know that may sound a bit hippishy but it is how I can put a point of reference to how I see what is going on. 
 I spent several years homeless (mostly by choice) and I spent a lot of that time in the woods away from people. I would agree being grateful is a great thing and quite helpful when dealing with difficult times. It drives my wife mad because she says I never stress and I will always tell her it will work out we just have to do what we are suppose to do . Not once has that theory let me down so if it works for me I will use it :).

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