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You’re not from Good Hope, are you?

The above question will stand forever in our memory as “the day that we bought our new house”.  Here is the story.

We had gone to the new house to do the final walk-thru and then were headed to the Attorney’s office for closing.  His office was in another town not far from our house so we clicked on the GPS which took us down some minor roads to get to the office. 

As we turned on one corner, I looked across the road and saw the “Good Hope General Store”. 


In their window were 6 or 7 wooden rockers.  Now, we had been looking for rockers for our front porch but hadn’t had any luck, so I pointed them out,  Michael made a quick turn into the parking lot and into the store we went. 

First of all, it was a typical small town general store.  There were indeed 6 rockers sitting on one side of the store and tables with chairs on the other side.  These tables were occupied by several coffee drinking men.  The store contained everything from building supplies to groceries.

Secondly, we had dressed up for the closing….I had on a dress and high heels and Michael was dressed in slacks and a nice shirt.  We were definitely out of place!!!

One gentleman came up to us and we asked if the chairs were for sale.  He sweetly looked at us and said the immortal words, “You’re not from Good Hope are you?”. 

We laughingly said “No” and he proceeded to call the store owner who, again very sweetly, told us to check at another store just down the road and then came back up and said that we should also check at Cracker Barrel. 

Michael and the first man continued talking for a few minutes (Michael adopted his “tobacco spitting” voice)  and then we said our good-byes. 

We have since learned that the 6 rocking chairs belong to the “Coffee Club”, a group of men who meet there several times a week, and Michael and I have a bet that the man who talked to us is the one of the local preachers!!

Anyway, we made it to the closing, signed hundreds of papers and are now the proud owner of a beautiful home in Bishop, Georgia.  


All in all, it was a VERY good day, but no, we are NOT from Good Hope!!

2 thoughts on “You’re not from Good Hope, are you?

  1. Congratulations. When do you move in? And did you manage to find someone who would sell you a rocking chair (without a member of the Coffee Club sitting in it!)

  2. Congratulations! How funny! I miss those small town attitudes. (In fact, I miss a LOT about our years in Georgia.) Good luck in the move!

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