oldest river in the Western Hemisphere runs through the middle of
it. The oldest mountains in the country are it’s backbone. It is a four
hour or less drive away from two thirds of the population. The average
person in the United States knows less about it than the moon. It is
the birthplace of both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. It’s sons and
daughters have always made up a larger part of the military than their
percentage of the population. It’s people are friendly, caring and
giving. They seldom are in a rush, but will stop and chew the fat. They
know their neighbors and watch each others houses. It is a place of
terrible beauty with trees and streams, mountains and hills of
unparalleled charm. It’s people are poor in cash but rich in family and
community. It is little known and even less understood by most people.
I wouldn’t live anywhere else but Appalachia.
I moved away from Appalachia when I was
18 in search of a job. I have regretted it every day since. I go home
to the mountains whenever I can, even though almost all of my family
has now passed away. Nowhere will ever feel like home to me except
Appalachia, no matter how long I live. That's how devoted I am to the
oldest mountains in the Western Hemisphere.
-Chad M. Edwards
kind word costs
nothing but it can do so much to lift the spirits of the people
of this unique American region.
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