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"We're all just walking each other home." - - Ram Dass







Monday, May 21, 2012

Smoky Mountain Air












The air was thick coming down the Smoky Mountains; hanging heavy on Audrey’s shoulders as she leaned her long body across the drug store counter.

Absentmindedly she used her order pad to fan her face, having been given a moments reprieve now that the after school crowd was satisfied with the cool sodas she had poured.


The bell above the shop door jingled and Audrey’s bright red lips parted into a smile when her longtime friend Kit Carson entered.






Behind him, was another figure, head bent as he removed his sailor’s cap before entering. This small act of proper manners, often missing from the mountain boys she knew, caused Audrey to pull straight to the full of her six foot one frame.



Catching the movement behind the counter, the sailor looked up, and they met each other’s frank gaze.


He took in this tall, dark beauty. Remarking to himself that they didn’t make women like her in Minnesota where he was from.


She in turn was completely caught off guard by the seeming depths of pure Norwegian waters that stared back at her. 


Audrey was used to the looks tossed her way since she had left girlhood. What she wasn’t used to was this feeling now growing tight across her chest; that expanded slowly with the smile that crept the length his face, until it finally fell laughing in a heap of creases framing those dancing blue eyes.


“I see this introduction will be easy.” Chuckled Kit. “Audrey, I’d like you to meet Swede. He’s got some time before his ship leaves again, so he thought he’d come visit me and the family for a while.”


When neither of the newly introduced parties turned to look at him, Kit let out another laugh.


“Well now. I don’t think he’ll be regretting this visit to the mountains any time soon.”

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{this is the first installment of trying my hand at loosely telling my grandparents story~ How a Southern-bell from the foot of the Smoky Mountains followed a Norwegian sailor all the way to the heart of the Northwoods.}





{link with Soli deo gloria party, Just Write, Imperfect Prose}

read to be read at yeahwrite.me

63 comments:

  1. I can imagine they told you lots of stories while you were growing up on their knees. You gave us a glimpse of how it all started, something we don't often know about our grandparents but wish we did.

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    1. what's so exciting for me about this is, while i've heard glimpses of stories, i realized about a month ago that I didn't have the full story of life in general of my grandparents. So, my grandma and i have started to write eachother letters. i can't tell you what it means to hold her history in my hands. something that would have prob. been lost on me years ago.

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    2. that is so cool! I totally have been meaning to do that with my own family and I haven't found the time. I'm very jealous of you right now! :)

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  2. Please tell me you are going to keep going with this story... please? ; )

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    1. ha. i'm going to try!! you are always so kind, Heidi. thank you.

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  3. I can't wait to read more. I love reading the stories passed down from one generation to the next. They're so fascinating and full of lessons.

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  4. I wish I knew more of my grandparents story, I think it would be a lovely tale. I look forward to reading more of this story.

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  5. I'm with, Heidi. More please!

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  6. I'm looking forward to the next chapter!

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  7. I love that you are re-telling their love story. Can't wait to read more.

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  8. You are an AMAZING writer, I look forward to more of their beautiful story!

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  9. His name is Swede but he is Norwegian? Nice! I can't wait to hear more. My parents are from all over the place and met each other abroad. And my grandparents, don't get me started. So I look forward to hearing more about yours. That's a tall gal!

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    1. due to the "tense" relationship between Swedes and Norwegians at the time, the boys on board ship decided that it was the perfect nickname for my grandpa. :) I love how these little things stuck with him, that when i was a girl, i remember people calling him that. yes. they didn't grow them short in my grandma's family. her brothers are6'6 and 6'7 :) i'm just through the moon in love with all these old tales. they should be captured and treasured.

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  10. This is beautifully written. I admire old fashioned love stories.
    More more!

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  11. Captivating. Looking forward to more posts like this.

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  12. ha! L.O.V.E. this, tara!!! took me right there with them, you did :-) and ya put a smile on my face for the rest of the day, i'm thinking.
    sweetness. plain and simple.
    great job!
    steph

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  13. Tara, I look forward to the next installment of this great story.

    I didn't realize I hadn't followed your blog...I am now!!

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  14. I love this story! How wonderful your gram is still alive and the two of you are corresponding. What treasures she must hold!

    Is there any way you could skype or google+ video conversations with her so you have those visual and audio records as well?

    We have the three family books my gram wrote about her family history—all the way back to Scotland. How I wish I had been able to converse with/interview her on video so I had that record as well. She was such an delightful storyteller.

    Thanks for sharing your family with us. I look forward to more.

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    1. funny you should say that... i will be going up to her house this weekend for memorial day, and plan to do just that. i want her life captured in her voice as well as in her hand. there is so much of her life that is worth the telling...oh my goodness, i bet those books going all the way back to Scotland are just great!! Thanks for reading, Kim. It felt a little scary to share something a little different, and something so close to my heart :)

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  15. How fun!! I hope that you continue!! I want to read more.

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  16. Oh, I love this. It makes me hungry for more!!

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  17. This is wonderful. I can't wait to read the next part. You are very lucky to know your grandparents' story. I certainly wish I knew mine.

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  18. Lucky you that your grandmother is still around to tell you her story. And lucky her that you are a writer and excited to record it. Win-win for the entire family. Nice start!

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  19. Aw, I love that its about your grandparents! Makes it special :D

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  20. I love this idea and can't wait to see how the story evolves! Sometimes we forget that our grandparents were once young and have fabulous love stories...classic love stories.

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  21. I thought that you wrote this beautifully! My Lolo (or rather, my husband's grandfather) is 102 and I just can't get enough of his stories.
    Great job, I am so excited to read the rest!

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  22. Simply captivating, Tara! You make your grandparents proud ;)

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  23. I love "love stories" especially those of family members. I do believe Tara, you may have just rekindled the flame for me. I talked once of trying to get my two grandmothers to tell me their stories of meeting my grandfathers, but as is often, time got away. I just might now.
    Thank you.

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  24. Wow, that is quite an intro!
    Based on the pics, I'm guessing this was sometime in the late 30s/early 40s?

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    1. close...i believe the one of my grandma is early 50's. We have another one that is dated '53 and she looks similar age wise. my grandpa's picture could have been before that.

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  25. What a great story! I thought it was fiction at first. I can't wait to read the rest of it. I imagine it would be quite the treasure to have your grandparents' story in writing to pass down to future generations.

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  26. Tara, what a beautiful start to what must have been an amazing love story! I wish I had known my grandparents -- of the four of them, three were already dead when I was born. And the one left never shared her stories with us. So sad as stories are what make us the people we become. You must keep working on this -- I need to know more. You see I combed the Smokies as a girl growing up on family vacations. They are part of my stomping grounds. Now I stomp and comb the Cascades in the NW and love it here.

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  27. OK, with a lead in like that (on your GOOGLE + page) I just bought the book you are going to write, seriously. I'm jealous! Dang! I did not even read the post yet, and I'm ready to go on Amazon and buy this book you are going to write based on a few sentences. Do I sound crazy? No, it's easy to write a blog post, a short story, a play even (I used to write plays). But a few snippets to describe your (fill-in-the-blanks)! Not easy! I'm off to read your blog post now! Then comment! Two for the price of one!

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    1. Like the other comments say, love it and can't wait for more! (I have a memoir blog if you ever have time to check it out, I might submit a chapter from it http://shoulderstothetrees.blogspot.com/ to Yeah Write. Love to hear your thoughts!)

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    2. thank you so much Lisa for letting me know about your memoir blog. i love it. i am so drawn to stories told in their scary truth. ones that involve both love and pain, like all of life does. keep going and sharing!!

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  28. My grandmother tripped my grandfather on the way to a fire! LOL - that's all the details they would give us. I love your story beginnings! I love how a family history winds down to wrap around hearts!

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  29. That's so lovely! I don't have the advantage of knowing those kinds of details for my grandparents, so I savor your telling of this story.

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  30. What a cool idea! You've already hooked me. Can't wait to read more!

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  31. I'm looking forward to reading more of this. I know some about my grandparents early years as parents, but I don't think they've ever talked about when they met. I'm going to ask my gramma next Sunday dinner.

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  32. Love your story. How wonderful it will be to have it as a record for your children...and theirs. Looking forward to the next installment.

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  33. Sounds like a beautiful love story waiting to be told. And who could do a better job than you, Tara?! Thanks for giving us a glimpse into the burgeoning pages. :)

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  34. very cool...this is a great start to your story...their story..which ultimately becomes yours...and what a treat too when it is done...i love hearing how people met and fell in love...

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  35. I admire your brave voyage into new writing waters. Excited to continue reading ...
    Much love to you today. xo

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  36. fabulous! i'll look forward to more.

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  37. So excited to read more and now you made me want to go write my Grandma. Erin

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  38. You can't stop there!!! Woman! I hope your next installment is coming soon because you JUST got us to the edge of our romantic hearts!

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  39. oooh i agree with the life artist... please continue! love your words as always, tara. you have a gift.

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  40. this makes my heart happy. It really, truly does.

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  41. this is fabulous! book-worthy! i love the photos.

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  42. Oh Tara! Excellent first attempt. I can't wait for the next installment!!

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  43. I remember when I first told my story about my dad's unusual friendship with his American boss during the time of war. It was inspired by the bits and pieces of stories randomly told by three people.

    Such stories are worth sharing just like the one you just told. Looking forward to read the next one !

    Btw, you may also want to try visiting that post of mine, " Of bicycles, friendships and Fort Stotsenburg. "

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  44. What a story to tell and pass down. I will eagerly wait for more:)

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  45. I love this! I'm so glad to get the first installment. I am certain I will come back and read more. Great job!

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  46. This is so goooood! I look forward to more. Oh man, you can write!

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  47. Oh, I want more! More, more, more. :)

    Janelle

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  48. TARA -- it's beautiful. Can't wait to keep reading!

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