I drove out of Birmingham a little ways to meet my friend. I watched the interstate give way to pine trees. Pine trees gave way to farmland. Farmland gave way to cattle pastures. Somewhere deep in the sticks, my GPS went to be with the Lord.
Sean Dietrich is a columnist, novelist, and musician, best known for his commentary on life in the American South. His work has appeared in Newsweek, Southern Living, Garden and Gun, Good Grit, South Magazine, Alabama Living, and Thom Magazine. In addition, he has authored thirteen books and is the creator of the Sean of the South Podcast.
That, old, woman, never, liked, me.
Lost and Found
The mall was crowded. I was maybe 5 years old. And I was lost. If you’ve ever been lost in the mall as a little boy you know true terror. I had somehow drifted from my mother. I had been distracted by—of all things—a magic show.
That was not a good night. It was not a good decade. I stopped believing in things. I went years without eating ice cream, watching baseball, or smiling.