#2,449 Football is Back.
by Erin Napier
As we do every year, we formally celebrated my birthday with my family for Ole Miss’s first game of the season. I’ve looked forward to this for weeks now and it always feels like time has stopped and everything is the same when I’m on their back porch and the smoker is on its 6th hour with a slab of ribs, and the crickets are creaking and the dog is barking and daddy hits play on the Ole Miss band CD while we play cornhole and wait for the game to start. This is one of the places where I am happiest, doing my family’s tradition on the porch.
There was even an Ole Miss king cake with strawberry filling to really make it the best night ever.
Even though we didn’t win, we could have—it was close. And that’s good enough till next week.
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I’m Erin Napier, co-owner of Laurel Mercantile Co. and Scotsman Co. with my husband, Ben. I’m an artist and he’s a craftsman and we help people moving to our town find and restore old houses on HGTV’s Home Town. In an effort to count my blessings, this journal has documented only the good things that happen on each and every day of my life since January 1, 2010. I am a wife, a daughter, a homebody, a bubble bath lover, a book reader, a sentimental, stressed out, slightly obsessive southerner. Welcome!