I knew my husband and I would be headed out to New Mexico to visit our daughter and son-in-law in Taos last week, so I was determined to finish the Pilot Mountain Schoolhouse rough draft before I set foot on the plane. Mission accomplished. I left all my cares behind and exchanged one set of mountains for the other, the South Mountains of North Carolina for Taos Mountains South. Be sure to click on the picture and see the close up. This is what my daughter gets to see every day!
|The Taos Mountains South from the balcony of the Bed and Breakfast|
|Yes, that is snow between the pines.|
Now look at North Carolina. Little wonder that the state flower is the dogwood.
|No, that is not snow. It's a dogwood tree between the pines.|
|Spring on the street where I live|
My challenge now is to make the Pilot Mountain Schoolhouse story appeal to readers from each culture. I've looked at my rough draft through Appalachian eyes, but maybe now it's time to look at it through New Mexican eyes, or New England eyes, or downtown Chicago eyes. What culture shock would I experience? What values would I find in common? What about the lessons learned?
Vacation reward time is over. Revision lies ahead and I'm so ready.
Catch of the day,