Friday, October 7, 2022

I'm So Oxford: Tula Sunflowers

I was born and raised right here in Oxford, so I’ve loved reading these “I’m so Oxford” statuses on Facebook. I still crave the lemonade from Corn Dog 7 in the Mall and we rented many a movie at Midtown Video. (Don’t get me started on all the restaurants that have left a hole in my heart.)
I “technically” grew up in the county, on Highway 7, just north of the Industrial Park, but I attended city schools, moved “to town” to attend Ole Miss, then spent several years in New York and Boston.
Then I got married. I was given my first piece of camo for Christmas and I wear my boots more out of necessity than fashion these days. I’ve learned an entirely different side of Lafayette county I’d previously only passed on my way to Tupelo.
My Oxford today is much different than the 90s version in my head and it encompasses more than Kalo’s, the Holiday Inn pool, and when roller blading around town was cool.
I’ve started learning my way around the communities of Yocona and Tula, both in Lafayette county. My husband is determined to make a country girl out of me. In the past couple months, we’ve shot a snake out of a pond, ridden four wheelers through the sod fields, and cooked burgers on the tailgate of a truck (we used a grill, just to clarify).
But my favorite part of my new Oxford is the sunflowers! My husband and I were loaned about three acres of a friend’s farm to plant a dove field. Doves love sunflowers.. and so do I. So, when the three acres started to bloom, I couldn’t get to Tula quick enough!
Aren’t they beautiful!
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Kate in 1996 (or 2006) would never have dreamed of Tula Sunflowers bringing so much joy. Matt might win this one after all!
– Kate Wallace, managing editor, HottyToddy.com, kate.wallace@hottytoddy.com

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