Be proud of where you came from.

Growing up in the mountains…
Is being called backwards and uneducated…
Being asked if you wore shoes in the summer…
Assumed to be unsophisticated…
Having your accent ridiculed…
Being called hillbillies and hicks…

But growing up in the mountains, you are heir to a legacy…
Ancestors who tamed the land, cut down trees without power tools and built homes without house plans.

Growing up in the mountains means you are only a generation or two from having to grow gardens because it was necessary to keep from starving– not just as a quaint hobby…

Grandparents who smoked meat and dried beans for the long winter…
And carried water from a stream to cook and wash with…

A mountain accent is a blend of old English, Irish and Scottish–a tribute to your heritage.

Mountain mothers worked in the fields, tended their young, raised chickens and were masterful cooks. They kept their homes in order, and were usually the moral compass of the family.

Mountain fathers worked all day in the coal mines, worked in the fields, built their own house, made caskets for the deceased and could shoe horses.

Mountain people are resourceful, extremely hard working and innovative. They won’t cower in safe spaces. They were the originators of dealing with whatever life threw at them. They never expected handouts or thought that they deserved anything.

If you are from the mountains, be proud of who you are…where you came from…and don’t let anyone dismiss you. Show the world your grit.


Story credit: Douglas Couch
Photo credit: Joe Clark [Retrieving water from the well], photograph, Date Unknown; https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc489387/m1/1/

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