Gina made another video on the farm and asks, nicely, that you click here and view for a minimum of 30 seconds. Perhaps you did that a few months ago but; “please, would you do it again, the sooner the better for Sandra” so asks Gina? Please don’t forget; I’ll wait while you go now…
Earlier this week, Nancy and I saw Big Stone Gap, the movie, directed by Adriana Trigiani who was born and raised in BSG. She wrote the book, the first of a trilogy with Big Cherry Holler and Milk Glass Moon following and many other very well received books. I’ve read some not so nice movie reviews and the first thought that popped into my head was, “Gee, I’d sure hate to be married to you or have you for a boss.” Why some people think they have to prove they’re a mean, small jackass is beyond me because I think it’s fairly evident to those around them.
I thought the movie absolutely charming and loved the stellar cast. It was all warm, funny, sweet (now there’s a word you hardly ever hear/see me using) and yes, I did happy cry at the end. In a world gone mad with danger, ugliness, meanness, smallness, negativity, etc. this movie is a keeper. Matter of fact, think I’ll go see it again and then buy it (when it goes on sale; haven’t totally lost my mind, donchaknow….smile). Big Stone Gap is a feel good movie, filmed down the road in Big Stone Gap, VA and, up til now, probably known best for being the site of the longest running outdoor play production in VA…The Trail of the Lonesome Pine. No, I’ve never seen it but, from my childhood, remember a man’s deep voice introducing something ???, “And now, from the Trail of the Lonesome Pine”… voice then trailing off. I’ve asked around and people, generally, think I’m crazy because they don’t remember such. But I really do!
Then again, it might be the intro to the 1936 movie Henry Fonda and Fred MacMurray made which was taken from the book written by John Fox, Jr. My memory is such a poor servant but I’m remembering from the late 1950’s or thereabouts…isn’t that something like 2 centuries ago…or not.
Or, come to think of it, BSG could be just as famous as being the
site sight (little play on words here) where Elizabeth Taylor choked on a chicken bone while stumping for her then husband of six years, VA Senator John Warner. Read here a sweet (there’s that word again!) story of Elizabeth Taylor meeting Mr. Trigiani (father of Adriani) in Big Stone Gap in 1978.
Anyhoo…we have a fair number of wonderful Appalachian writers from, as in born in, southwest Virginia (Sharyn McCrumb, Lee Smith come to mind) but Trigiani is my favorite.
She captures a sense of small community life and, for me, what it was like growing up summers in a coal mining community.
Oh. You didn’t know? I’m a coal miner’s daughter with a heritage dipping back generations of coal miners, farmers, preachers, teachers and, just to keep things spicy, Great Aunt Mamie Hamrick, the first female lawyer to practice in front of (is that how you say it??) the VA Supreme Court in the early 1900’s. We’ve had other notable folks in our family, then they got to me…smile. I’m the black sheep. The six year old girl who knew she wanted to live on a farm, have animals and live peaceable with God and His creation. I wasn’t born on this farm but made it here as fast as I could. The best one-third of my life has been
lived lived! here.
This summer, I’ve been doing a lot of canning…peach vanilla, strawberry, kiwi, blueberry jams,
apple butter, tomatoes, tomato sauce, beans and bought a jar of apple pie makings as well as vegetable soup. I figure with all this and the 25 pound sack of flour mentioned here, I’ll eat well this winter. You know what they say…a good woman provide warmth in the winter and shade in the summer. What I always said is, “I’m built for comfort, not for speed.”
Home. Is there another word that stirs up all that is good, kind, loving, warm, safe and tender? Love comes close but when death snatches love, leaving only the memories and pictures, home is what can both calm, and stir, one’s heart. It does mine; does it yours?
Blessings ~ Gina ~ Nancy ~ good movies ~ Adriana Trigiani ~ a full pantry ~ home ~
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