Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Dreaming of Spring Already


In my world of dreams, I would love to be in a place like Americus, Georgia right now.  As I write this post, I'm listening to a weather report predicting near zero temperatures (Farenheit, not Celsius) later this week here in upstate New York.
One day, spring will return
In Americus, Georgia, I imagine that the sun is shining, a Chinese lantern flower or two is blooming, and coffee from Cafe Campesino is brewing.  It was in the high 60's (about 18 C) yesterday.

But, all is not calm.  This past week, Americus also suffered a tragedy.  Two police officers were killed by a suspect in a domestic violence dispute, who, in turn, killed himself hours later.

The officers had grown up together, and were good friends.  Living in a smallish community myself, I can mourn with the people of Americus and the couple who own the bed and breakfast where my spouse and I stayed on our one visit to Americus.

I have blogged several times about the Americus area.  It isn't that far from Andersonville, the most notorious prison in our American Civil War.  And it isn't that far from Plains, Georgia, where former President Jimmy Carter grew up.  It is where the non profit Habitat for Humanity started.  There are other stories in Americus - some inspiring, some showing more of the evil side of humankind.


Perhaps one day, we will return.  It is a fascinating place.  And the owner of this bed and breakfast takes such wonderful nature and flower photos.


In turn, here is a picture I took of our room (which has since been remodeled) in the Americus Garden Inn years ago when we stayed there. Due to circumstances, it may be a while before we stay in a bed and breakfast again.
If you are ever in the area, I hope you will visit Americus (and if you can't, do enjoy the blog written by the owners of the Americus Garden Inn.)

In the meantime, I can dream, can't I?

9 comments:

  1. I can't even begin to express how sad I feel right now about those officers. What has humanity come to?!
    Otherwise, Americus looks like an amazing place to visit in spring! :)

    Expressing Life

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    1. It can be - except that our country is so big, that spring isn't everywhere at the same time.

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  2. I've never been to Americus; kind of a shame, because I think I have people there.

    It was tragic about the two police officers, wasn't it? Someone once said that he never gives police officers grief on traffic stops, because he knows the same cop would get between him and a bullet in an instant. They're a special breed.

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    1. Years ago, I worked with a woman whose son was a Texas Ranger. Not only are the officers a special breed; their loved ones are, too. I can not imagine living as a family member of someone whose job may require them to give all at any time.

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  3. Even though we long for fall, about this time of year, we're dreaming of spring. Crazy, isn't it?

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    1. The grass is always greener...uh, not in this case.

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  4. It looks like a beautiful place and its sad for those officers. The room looks pretty too. We were in US for 5 years and it reminded me of our trips there. :)

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