There’s no place like home. Born and raised in Dumas, Arkansas (“Down in the Delta” with an est. population of 5,300) is a statement I’m always willing to make. When you meet an Arkansan, they’re proud of their roots, hard workers, “sweet as pie” and they love the color RED. Go Razorbacks! I make it “back home” at least twice a year. My mom, dad, sister, grandpa, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends reach far and wide across the state of Arkansas. This past weekend I attended the 2012 Lacy Family Reunion. Our family reunions will always take place during the 4th of July weekend every other year. So if you’re a Lacy (Lacey), Black, White, and in between, “It’s a party!” Reunions are necessary for a strong family unit. It’s the time you reconnect with family that have moved all over the world, and everyone comes home for the sole purpose of having a good time with FAMILY. My favorite thing to do in Arkansas is: eat a freshly prepared home cooked meal, it’s the business. Needless to say, I gained few pounds. I’m going to start tomorrow and hit my workout hard.
Arkansas is such a beautiful state. An Agricultural state better known as the Natural State. I was raised on what is considered “Organic” food, literally from the Garden to the plate, exactly what conscious Americans are striving for today. I’m hardly ever sick.
Arkansas is home to the world’s largest marketer of rice. Arkansas also produces Soybeans, Corn, Cotton, *Purple Hull Peas*, Turkey (Produces 43 million of Turkeys eaten on Thanksgiving), Beef, Chickens, the best Catfish, Diamonds, Natural Gas, natural hot springs, good looking men and women, you name it Arkansas has it. Have you ever had the pleasure of eating Purple Hull Peas? If not, have some at my Mama’s house. They’re the good looking sister of Black Eyed Pea, they freeze well too. Whoo Honey Child and the Catfish! I thought about slapping my mama once or twice, it’s so good. Arkansas provides an honest, simple, and comfortable life with good ole Country folks.Arkansas is one of the few states not devastated by the recession, we survived. The state of Arkansas is pumping a lot of money into education from Pre-K to High School and has a statewide lottery which funds scholarships to 2-4 year colleges. Arkansas is interesting in the fact that even though it’s the South and you know you’re in the south when you’re there, it’s progressive and sophisticated. Douglas Blackmon said it best “Arkansas often strikes a comfortable balance between being deeply Southern and not-quite-so Southern. It’s a place with cultural sophistication even though it’s still kind of country.” Tooting my own horn, I’m pretty Well Rounded – fashionista who never meets a stranger, who can cook to feed an army, clean, decorate, design, dig, love, laugh, and cry all in one whop!
Look on the back of a Quarter with “Arkansas” engraved in it and tell me what you see! Go down there and see for yourself!