1. Being late for school due to a tree in the middle of your driveway was an excuse that always worked.
When a thunderstorm rolled through the valley and you heard the wind and the rain hammering on your home during the night, it was likely that some trees were casualties. No problem — it always got you out of school the next day.
2. You love to hear the pride in grandfather’s voice when he tells people how he has been to the big city, TWICE.
He has been to Knoxville two times. He’s 79. Everything he needs can be found on Main Street in his local small town. He might have done a stint as a member of the Armed Forces in Europe or the South Pacific, but he doesn’t count that as traveling.