Many of you know that Virginia (the person) lives in Virginia (the state.) It can be confusing at times, “Hello, I’m Virginia, from Virginia.” And, guess what? I also went to the University of Virginia. (Here’s a past post about that: Standing Against Hate in Charlottesville.)
You may wonder why my parents named me after a state? Well, there are many Virginias in our family: my precious mama, her aunt (my great Aunt Ginny), my great maternal grandmother (“Sarepta Virginia”), then on my papa’s side his mother (“Virginia Clare”) and his oldest sister (“Virginia Rae.”)
Lots of Virginias = my name is Virginia, too.
I am also a (mostly) proud Virginian. Arizona may have the Grand Canyon and California may have lots of beaches, but Virginia has lots to love: beautiful beaches, the Blue Ridge and Shenandoah mountains, rolling farm county, rustic rivers, small towns, big towns and lots in between including fun cities, lots of history, and many amazing people. (Ahem.)
Back in the 1969 other folks thought so too when the Richmond based Martin Agency started one of the most iconic travel marketing campaigns of all time with the slogan: Virginia is for Lovers.
Growing up in the touristy city of Virginia Beach, posters and signs emblazoned with Virginia is for Lovers blanketed the landscape. That ad campaign started many years ago is still going strong, 50 years later!
‘Cause, isn’t love a good thing to celebrate, especially in these divisive times?
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
Love is needed more now than ever in Virginia and all around our whacked out world. Maybe we can take this ad campaign to heart as a challenge, to make our towns, counties, cities, states, and countries places of light and love.
One act of kindness and love at a time, despite deadly divisiveness that seeks to stamp love out. Why can’t we make LOVE great again?
“The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places; but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.” J.R.R. Tolkien
Virginia : )
p.s. For fellow Virginians, tomorrow (Tuesday, 05 November) is Election Day across Virginia. We’ll be electing state and local officials: county sheriffs, school board members, county supervisors, attorneys, and all Virginia House of Delegate representatives and state senators (who represent us in Richmond.) Look up candidates and see who wants to do what for issues important to you. Many folks don’t vote in off year elections, but our local and state elected officials do lots (or not, as the case may be.) Don’t forget to VOTE!