I stopped in Charlottesville, VA on my way from Greensboro, NC to Chambersburg, PA. Walking around the UVA campus, I spotted this magnolia pod extruding bright orange shiny seeds from inside its furry fuchsia skin, and thought, Farewell, funky South! I have loved spending time with you again. The miles zoomed by in reverse: Roanoke, Shenandoah, goodbye! Thank you for everything.
New England, your trees are not so furry, and I love you too. See you soon.
Julie Püttgen is an artist, expressive arts therapist, and meditation teacher.