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‘I’m going to Carolina’

When James Taylor wrote Carolina In My Mind way back in 1968, his inspiration reportedly came from North Carolina.

It’s also been adopted by South Carolina, where I should be when you read this.

My ex-wife and I take turns every other year celebrating Thanksgiving with our sons. I don’t think we expected me to be a 6-hour drive away when we came up with that plan.

So, as I outlined back in October, down U.S. 15/360 I’ve gone to South Boston and beyond to get to Camden, S.C., where I should have picked them up Wednesday night. From there, we travel another 45 minutes or so west to stay in a hotel near my mother and sister, with whom we’ll enjoy a Thanksgiving meal.

My plan is for three nights, returning Saturday afternoon so I can rest up Sunday before getting back to work here at the Herald. What will we do all that time?

I suspect many of the same things those of you with teenage boys for sons will do. They happen to like skateboarding and there’s a park we know of in nearby Columbia. It’s a little warmer down there, so, hopefully, that will work out.

We’ll probably go to the movies. We all want to see Doctor Strange and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Maybe we’ll watch a football game in the hotel room. Who knows? I haven’t been a teenage boy in a long time; guess I’ll have to ask.

The best thing, though, will be that time with my mother and sister — our little part of the family having a meal and catching up with all sorts of news.

I’m also looking forward to the week between Christmas and New Year’s when the boys will be here in Farmville.

Happy holidays, everyone!

Martin L. Cahn is the managing editor of The Farmville Herald. His email address is martin.cahn@farmvilleherald.com.