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FRAZIER: Basking in the tranquility after a bit of hard work – The Vicksburg Post

At the end of every summer, I make a vow not to plant so many pots on my patio.

Trying to keep everything alive during the scorching August heat isn’t as fun as watching the flowers bloom in the spring.

But after a cold, rainy winter, I head straight for the flower centers at the first sign of warm weather and load up my buggy – totally abandoning my promise to cut back.

This year I even added to my container collection because I found so many lovely plants and because my husband added a brick to the backyard space.

A perfect excuse for more, don’t you think?

I can’t describe how my backyard oasis made me smile. It also hosted birds, one of which built its nest in a small watering can that I sat outside on a baker’s shelf next to my kitchen window.

I think it was a little sparrow. Several times a day, I saw her bringing bits of food to her babies, and on one occasion, when everything was quiet, I could even hear her chicks peeping.

One afternoon, as mother bird was heading to her little one’s house, she was not happy with my presence outside. She started flying around with loud chirps. Obviously, she wanted me out of the patio.

So, I obliged.

But when it happened again, I told her she was just going to have to figure out how to share the space.

In our busy and sometimes hectic lives, it is nice to have a place of comfort, a place where we can observe and listen to nature.

For me, my patio provided that comfort, but there have been other places here in Vicksburg that have also been a place of peace, like the waterfront near the Levee Street floodgates.

There is something soothing about hearing the water lapping against the river bank.

Then there is Louisiana Circle near Washington Street.

Like the little sparrow, you can see the barges gliding on the river from a bird’s eye view. And it’s something about their slow motion that can have a relaxing effect when life is going so fast.

I also drove to where the new River Front Park is about to enter.

The view of the Mississippi River from Oak and Lee streets is impressive. When I see its magnitude, I know without a doubt that there is something more powerful that will heal my mortal worries.

Whether it’s rivers, mountain peaks, oceans, or even a back patio, nature has a knack for bringing serenity.

Now that I think about it, maybe it was a good thing that I didn’t keep my wish.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Soon after, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter for the Vicksburg Post and editor of Vicksburg Living Magazine, which was awarded first place by the Mississippi Press Association. She was also the recipient of a first place award in the editorial division of the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest for “Best Feature Article”.

Terri is a graduate of Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with a major in public relations.

Before coming to work at the Post just over 10 years ago, she freelanced at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay-at-home mom.

Terri is a member of Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a life member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and was a member of the Sampler Antique Club and the Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“Whether it’s staying informed about local government issues or hearing the stories of local residents, a local newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at the Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I can continue to grow and hone my skills while helping to share the stories in Vicksburg. When people ask me what I love most about my job, my answer is always “the people”.

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