Saturday, September 24, 2011

Tybee Island, Georgia

Tybee Island, Georgia, September 22, 2011

My mother was born in Savannah, Georgia and lived on two of the small islands nearby -- Tybee Island and Wilmington Island. She still has family in the area, so she rented a house on Tybee Island for a month and invited me and my sisters to visit. This is our chance to see where she grew up, meet some distant family members, and just breathe some southern air.

sidewalk just outside our house

So, I am writing from the east coast, eating fresh shrimp, grits, and fele gumbo (delicious but a little too spicy). It's hot and humid here, even at night, and we've already been caught in two downpours with no umbrella. Warm rain is so strange -- you just let yourself get wet and keep on walking. We're all wearing our hair "island style," which means frizzy. It's not very attractive, but it's kind of liberating. There is no point spending any time blow drying, curling, or flat ironing your hair; ten minutes outside and it looks like you stuck your finger in a light socket. Best to just wear a hat.

Hope you enjoy the photos. More to come as the week goes on......


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