I think I got cheated. My family moved to California before I was born. I still claim Louisiana as "home" because that's where my folks and most of my relatives live.
I started feeling a little homesick when I saw some photos of New Orleans "true willow" posted on her blog, The Sum Total of Me (recently beFriended).
I've only been to the city twice, but I love the place. Dellis visited there with me last year and we made some great memories.
My people are from the Northern part of Louisiana and it wasn't until a couple of years ago that I actually made it a point to visit New Orleans itself.
It was either raining or was cloudy and had recently rained during both my visits.
The food was good, the music was cool, and I swear I saw this cat turn into a naked woman. Maybe I had too many mango daiquiris, but I saw "Cat People" and I'm sticking with my story.
It's been on my mind lately with Mardi Gras and all this month.
I hope I can get back there again. There's so much to do and see in the world, it's tough to resist just sticking with what worked.
As I type this, it's raining here and that's just adding to my mellow mood. Once again, I'm looking forward to the weekend and spending time with Dellis. Candles and a bottle of wine to go with some soft music on the record player (yes, records). I still have some Boudin and Meat Pies in the freezer and I have a lot of other photos to look through.
I wouldn't trade where I am for anything in the world, but I love being connected to Louisiana. There's no telling where I'll go, but it's always going to be where I'm from.
Life is good and I hope everyone has a great Valentine weekend.