Beautiful Atlanta

Well, I just have to say it. Atlanta, Georgia is a beautiful city–well actually a series of little cities. Anyway, it is beautiful with all its huge pine trees, towering¬†deciduous trees, flowering crepe myrtle, thick grass and blooming flowers. I guess a girl raised in the forests of Oregon would have to appreciate beautiful trees anywhere. ūüôā

We (my husband and I) arrived just over a week ago and have been busy settling into an apartment and learning how to run a mission office. We are here for eighteen months on a mission for our church. Our internet service was finally installed today. Just in time to save me. I was having withdrawal pains. I love my internet.!

My husband and I¬†were invited to a local woman’s house last Monday where a group of older single women (most were widowed) and a couple of older men meet once a week for a potluck dinner and scripture study.¬†We introduced ourselves to the six women at our table and told them we were from Utah. Then I asked one of them where she was from. She told me¬†she had been¬†born and raised in California. The woman to her left had been born in Idaho and spent most of her life there.¬†I finally said. “Wait a minute. How many of you¬†are Georgians?”

Everyone burst into laughter. No one at¬†our table was a native¬†of Georgia. One woman was from Puerto Rico, one from Florida, one from¬†¬†Colorado, and another¬†from Massachusetts, They did reassure¬†me that there was a¬†one native Georgian at¬†the other table–the one with the lovely accent. Sigh! We are part of a large cadre of transplants here.

If you have to live somewhere, why not pick a beautiful place.


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About Lorraine Jeffery

Lorraine Jeffery earned her bachelor’s degree in English and her MLIS in library science, and managed public libraries in Texas, Ohio and Utah for over twenty years. She has won poetry prizes in state and national contests and has published over thirty poems in various publications, including Clockhouse, Kindred, Calliope, Ibbetson Street,and Rockhurst Review. She has published short stories in War Cry, The Standard and Segullah. Her articles have appeared in Focus on the Family, Mature Years, and Utah’s Senior Review, as well as other publications.. She is the mother of ten children (eight adopted) and currently lives with her husband in Orem, Utah.

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