Deadly Southern Charm
By Mollie Cox Bryan
I'm so tired of hearing about getting rid of things. I mean, yes, I get it. You don't want to be encumbered with a bunch of stuff. But at the same time, I like my things. I've worked hard for my things. And some of them have meaning to me.
I love the "Lover's eye" Victorian mourning pendant my aunt Rose left me. Every time I wear it I think of her and her smile. And her chocolate chip cookies.
I have a quilt that my grandmother made me and I'm never going to get rid of it. I don't care what anybody says. It's a gorgeous lavender and white quilt and every night when I snuggle up with it, I thing of her. I didn't know her well. She was my father's mom. But I have very distinct and warm memories of her and I reading together.
And speaking of reading...I know I have way too many books. I've started donating some to the local library. They have a huge sale every year and book donations bring in some money. I'm happy to donate my books. But then again, there are some books, I'll never get rid of. Favorite books. Books that were gifts. Or signed books. Yes, indeed. I will die with my favorite books still in my possession. How about you?
Mollie Cox Bryan is the author of the Cora Crafts Mysteries and the Cumberland Creek Mysteries. Her books have been selected as finalists for an Agatha Award and a Daphne du Maurier Award and as a Top 10 Beach Reads by Woman's World. She has also been short-listed for the Virginia Library People's Choice Award. Mourning Glory is the first short mystery story she's ever published. She lives in Waynesboro, Va.