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.