lovely and sidesplittingly funny — 4 years ago
She was a big time DC lawyer asked to come back to her hometown to act as receptionist for her country doctor dad, a position with no glamor at all. What she found was that her call to service, that she’d heeded with words in DC was filled with the act of showing up for this real life. She’s got a great honest take on us locals too. LOVED it.
“We were a family famous for being stoic in a community of the most stoic people in the country. It was a source of local pride that soldiers from the mountains of East Tennessee always won more medals in battle and took the highest casualties, both injured and killed, in every war. Courage, or at least poker faces, was our trademark. We never showed vulnerability, never asked for help, never showed any sign of strain. To anybody. Ever.”
Second best quote:
“East Tennesseeans generally tried to avoid making a spectacle, but if somebody else, particularly a Yankee, would give it a go, they couldn’t resist watching, hoping for a foul up.”
(the entire account of the foxhunt is hilarious, particularly the blessing of the hounds)