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comfortable being by myself. Just recently, he’s retired and moved up here. Which is my favorite? I’d have to say that every place I’ve lived in has been my favorite at that time. I’d have to say that since I’m living in Rabun County now, it would be my favorite, but there’s always a draw to go back home where you grew up. I’ve got to tell you, I was just there this past weekend and as much as I love South Georgia, and as much as it’s home, I miss the fact that it’s so flat you can’t look up in the distance and see the lights on the mountains. It’s always good to go home, but it’s always good to come back to Rabun County on Sunday afternoon, too. the opportunity to step out of the classroom and to become a cen- tral office administrator. Several years later, I was given the opportunity to become Curriculum Director in a neighboring school system which was Jenkins County, in South Georgia. Its town seat is Millen, Georgia. I still lived in Metter, and I drove back and (forth) to work. It was about a thirty to forty-five minute drive every day. Then, I got the opportunity to come to North Georgia to Towns County, which is right across the mountain in Hi- awassee, to be their superintendent. I had never been on my own. I had never really lived more than ten minutes away from my mother and daddy. I had also never been in a house by myself without my husband or child; so that was a big step, because while I moved up here, my husband’s job was still in Metter, four and a half hours away, and our son was in college. I was up here for the first time, as an adult, by myself. I felt like a child, like a fish out of water. I didn’t know what to do. I was a little afraid. I had never been in the community before, but it was a good learning experience. Those people, the ladies that worked in the central office with me, became my family. Then, God opened the door to allow me to move to Rabun County and become the Superintendent over here. Believe it or not, my husband was not able to move up here. I was still up here by myself, but I was getting more You see growing up in a small community has its advantages. You know everybody – most of the children I taught. I knew their parents, so you have a good relationship with the people in your community, which is a good thing; but it can also be a really bad thing. If you were a student in my class and you misbehaved, I would handle you, but I’d also pick up the phone and call your mama, so when you got home, she knew exactly what you had done. If you have only worked in the small community that you grew up in, you don’t realize some of the advantages, (like) already having a relationship with more established people in the community. When you get to move to a new place and you have to establish those relationships, that’s when it becomes a little bit of a challenge. 79