I would like to thank John Edwards and his family for opening up your home to me and allowing me to get a two-week experience of the life in Buckingham, VA.
This article will be a written documentation of my experience in this beautiful central Virginian city. I could write a entire novel about my 14 day stay in the city, but to save y'all from a boring rant, I will break it down into three categories.
(Mom, if you are reading this, I only drank a few times. And I was a good boy each time)
I would not have been able to gain a short Buckingham, VA experience if it was not for John Edwards, a good brother of mine from school. Where I am from only a few people would willingly open their home to you. I understand, times are hard, but even if that is the case in this city, there is a slim chance of someone not treating you as if you were part of the community.
Every place I travelled, I'm sure I was an awkward nerdy looking black guy, who was definitely not from these parts of town. However, I never felt that way.
At times I wish there were subtitles with the bouncing ball in front of people so I could grasp 100% of what they were saying. But every encounter with a Buckingham resident was warm and genuine. Like any place in America there are your rougher areas, but in Buckingham, even those places have a more holistic community feel than in higher populated areas.
(I did not experience a Bologna Burger)
What I noticed during my stay is that a warm home means a warm oven. The amount of good home cooked food I ate during this trip directly correlated with the coma that the food put me in after consuming it. I've been on this fish and chicken only diet for some time now, and man did I have about every type of chicken during this trip. Fried, broiled, baked, grilled, filleted, poached, roasted: I mean I could go on for days. My Buckingham family made sure I was full before I could leave the dinner table.
Although the Edward's toilet isn't too happy with me, I have to say I have eaten some of the best food while being in Buckingham.
Mother Nature's Presence
Everywhere you go in Buckingham you're going to see an abundance of tree life. This might not be significant to some of you who experience Mother Nature’s gifts on a daily basis, but since where I am from is more industrialized then Buckingham, you really don't get to sit and appreciate the simple things life has to offer, such as trees. Every morning I woke up to birds chirping, trees dancing in the breeze, and a peace of mind. Typically I wake up to the sounds of cars traveling on the highway, or siren wailing. I never realized how important enjoying Mother Nature's gifts were until I was immersed in them.
It was tough parting ways with the Edwards’ and the rest of my Buckingham family, but I can say that I made the most of my stay there and I will definitely be back.
For those who are reading this, I encourage you to take some time away from your every-day distractions such as your phone and enjoy your surroundings. Whether it be your family, pet, or the great outdoors. Life is too short to be looking down majority of your day. Enjoy what is in front of you so when it is gone there will be no internal regrets.
Welcome to the Trap Ep. 7 : The Buckingham Experience airs at 9:00 P.M on my Youtube channel.
Until next time my people,
Legal Trap Mack 💕🖖🏿
Damon Mackin. 22 years of age. Mass Communications major at Shenandoah University 18'. Freelance Journalist/Photographer