Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Day Thirtyone...The Town I Grew Up In
Passage from THE QUIET GAME by Greg Iles
"Natchez is unlike any place in America, existing almost outside of time,... In some ways it isn't part of Mississippi at all. There's no town square with a lone Confederate soldier presiding over it or provincial blue laws. The oldest city on the Mississippi River, Natchez stands white and pristine atop a two-hundred-foot loess bluff, the jewel in the crown of nineteenth-century steamboat ports. ... After being ruled in turn by Indians, French, British, Spanish, Confederates, and Americans, her character is more cosmopolitan than cities ten times her size. Parts of New Orleans remind me of Natchez, but only parts... Two hundred miles upriver, Natchez exists in a ripple of time that somehow eludes ... the present."
Natchez, Mississippi will always be my hometown. It will always hold a special place in my heart. I'm proud to be a Natchezian and to have been raised in its environment and enriched by its people.
If you ever visit the southern United States make Natchez a stop on your journey. You won't regret it. It's just too bad that unless you are rich from an inheritance or old money then you must leave Natchez to find work. Some of my fondest memories are from my youth in Natchez.