Jennifer Garner: ‘The more people you share a smile with, the happier you feel’
There’s something really nostalgic feeling about the stories [from my mother and uncle about their childhood]. You feel like ‘How can I infuse my kids’ city lives, they couldn’t have more a different life… and how can I give them that feeling and the freedom and the joy and the silliness. And the hard work. The work ethic that [my mother] grew up with.
When I think about my mom’s childhood I realize how much of that transferred to my sisters and me. We did have homemade ice cream and it was a big treat. I had an ice cream company with a friend of mine. We would crank out, with the rock salt, and we would serve ice cream to neighbors and friends. We would charge them it was a business.
The friendliness and patience of Southerners. When I first moved to New York City, my hand almost fell off from waving at every person I passed on the sidewalk—because that’s how I had been raised. I really believe the more people you make eye contact and share a smile with, the happier and more connected you feel.
West Virginia’s warm summer nights—and fireflies. I miss the easy sense of community (although, with a little effort, you can build that for yourself anywhere). I also miss songbirds at the bird feeder, pickup trucks on the road, and high school football games on Friday nights.
Mom’s roast chicken, rice, and gravy with hot homemade rolls. Notice that I didn’t mention anything green—I didn’t eat anything green until I was an adult. There was probably a fruit crumble afterward too—and ice cream.
[From Southern Living]