Stephanie Michelle 2/49

Photographed in Texas, Fort Worth Stock Show And Rodeo

Let this be the second installament of  I am the South and the South is me: Southern Portraits. Portrait two: Bestfran NĂºmero UNO a H.S Agriculture Teacher. 


"...You ask a child where milk comes from and most likely they'll tell you the store. Ask 'em what a cow drinks and they'll probably look at you even more dumbfounded. It really is a shame when you consider that we're only two generations from farmin'... she trails off. 
Her facebok, a collection of drivin' selfies, depressin' country song lyrics, FFA Memes and Southern recipes reposted. I scroll furiously lookin' for a recipe of mine. Snickerin' that there are none, I come across a former students post, "shoutout to Ms. Stephanie for preparing me for my classes this semester." The semester to include Animal Science and intro to Ag Mechanics.  The students tells of her plans to follow in her footsteps at our Alma Matter. A former farm vet major turned teacher, my jokes at why she switched emphasis not well received ... She scowls like only a friend of 14 years could, replyin' "I'll kill you!!!" When asked why she chose teachin' over vet school she types furiously as if the answer is obvious and an elephant was let in the room "...because people need to be educated about where their food, shelter and clothes come from. It's basic for life. Complicated and simple all wrapped up in one. Agriculture teaches responsibility about the world. Without agriculture we'd never have the society we have. Because if we didn't have agriculture we would be naked and hungry and who wants that." She continues her short but furious sentences as she tells her love for the south. "I love the South because it's what I know and what I love. It's Bibles, God, big hair and other stuff." She then tells me, "I can't anymore, she pauses, as the days of college where kids made fun of her honorary Texan status and her birth in Arkansas, flood her mind. She cringes as she reads that last line before it's published cause she knows I pronounce Arkansas as R-KANS-ZSU just to piss her off. She finishes, "You go from here miss writer!" But in the end I tell the story in here words. Cause after all, who better to tell her story of the South."
I am Stephanie
I am the South and the South is me

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13 comments

  1. This is great! I like this series.

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  2. This is fun! I showed a sheep once at a stock show when I was a teenager, they're fun animals!

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  3. Great Series! I look forward to reading more.

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    1. Thank you Christy. I'm pretty excited about the series

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  4. Fun series! I'll be back to read more! Stopping by from SGBG!

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    1. Thank you Shelly. I'm excited about the series. Let's hope I get enough participation so I can do one a week. So far I have enough volunteers/stories to go through mid March.

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  5. I love it! Its great to remember where you come from with pride! I csnt wait to see more. ;)

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    1. Thank you Apryl. If we don't record these stores then we're bound to forget them. We can't have that. Plus I just love history

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  6. Fun stuff...but your friend is right. Kids have no idea where their food comes from anymore :( I remember milking a cow and churning butter at school when I was young--- and I grew up in Cleveland!

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    1. Oh, wow, that's interesting. Thanks for the love.

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  7. I am LOVING this series. Thank you so much for undertaking this project and sharing it with us.

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    1. AWW! And thank you for takin' the time to view and comment with such nice words. So far it hasn't been to hard since I've just been usin' family and close friends. I think the real challenge will come when I run out of those. But for now I have to give all the credit to my friends for puttin' up with me and allowin' me to share them via this blog.

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  8. I think your version of 52 photo project is so cool. Loved the first week and this week's. Wonderful

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