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Honoring traditions of the south

8By Lynn R. Mitchell

Born and raised in Virginia, I’m a child of the south. A tradition in this part of the country is to show respect for the deceased by pulling to the side of the road when a funeral procession passes.

Yesterday as I drove through Staunton, the familiar sight of a police cruiser escorting a hearse followed by vehicles carrying mourners with car flashers going approached on Museum Drive. A narrow road that connects Richmond Road (Rt. 250) with Greenville Avenue (Rt. 11), those of us who met the procession immediately found places to pull off to the side of the road along the shoulders and in driveways to wait for the caravan to pass. Everyone.

As I waited, I wondered who has passed away, and thought of the family and friends in those cars on their way to the cemetery. It brought back memories of the numerous times throughout the years that my family had participated in the same ritual, and I reflected on the tradition and courtesy of motorists who paused in honor and respect, and police officers and others alongside the road who had stopped, removed their hats, and stood quietly waiting.

It is a tradition I hope never dies … that brief moment of respect shown by a stranger to a stranger.

Photo by Lynn R. Mitchell


‘Twas the day before Thanksgiving … Virginia family traditions

By Lynn R. Mitchell

‘Twas the day before Thanksgiving and all through the house
Lots of goodies were cooking (but not the mouse). 
The pies were all set on the counter to cool
While Ma in her apron was a holiday-cooking fool.

My sad attempt at putting a poetic spin on the holiday as I swirl around the house on Thanksgiving Eve … LOL. Like many, I’m in the kitchen today prepping for tomorrow’s big meal with family. My sister Lori and I traditionally take on the cooking and baking, something we both enjoy, as we incorporate old favorites along with the occasional new dish.

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