I think we Southerners have talked a fair amount of malarkey about the mystique of being Southern.
What I still ask for daily - for life as long as I have work to do, and work as long as I have life.
The older I've got the less I find myself going back and re-reading or really reading new fiction or poetry.
From the age of six I wanted to be an artist. At that point I meant a painter, but it turned out what I really meant was I was someone who was very interested in watching the world and making copies of it.
Even now, after whatever gains feminism has made in involving fathers in the rearing of their children, I still think virtually all of us spend the most formative years of our lives very much in the presence of women.