Some things are just worth bringing back

Published 7:36 pm Friday, January 27, 2017

I love it when we revive things from the past.

The return of platform shoes was great for those like me who want to be taller, and I was thrilled when designers finally decided to reintroduce a previous fashion that called for pants and skirts that sit higher at the waist.

Even in the ’70s, when I was a kid, hip huggers covered more mid-section than some of the styles from the recent past.

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Miriam Webster defines reviving style as retro, which is also a word we are hearing a lot on HGTV.

It seems many younger couples are beginning to appreciate the home designs and furniture pieces of the 1940s and ’50s. In 1984 while looking back at these decades, writer and art historian Cara Greenberg coined this style as “mid-century modern.”

As always, what was old is new again, and the clean sculptural lines, neat proportions and “sugar-coated” colors that were used back in the ’50s are popular again.

I may have cozied up to some of the retro clothing that has been making a comeback but not the mid-century modern décor.

Even when I was a young person, I did not like the orange Naugahyde couch in our den or the oversized gold metal clock that hung on the wall.  You know the ones that looked like a sunshine.

I was excited when mom finally changed out the look, and I think she probably was too.

And now, to see similar pieces selling for crazy amounts is uncanny.

I don’t think my mom’s friends would have forked over that much money for fake leather.

It seems the City of Vicksburg has bought into this retro idea and is bringing back the road that used to connect the North Frontage Road to what is now Wisconsin Avenue.

For those of you a couple of decades younger than me, and those who are relatively new to the city, Battlefield Street, as they are calling it now, is back.

In my day, this road was narrower than the one that is being constructed and was located between the Battlefield Mall and the movie theater, a hopping area for teens.

I will never forget one Friday night when a friend of mine let me drive his Volkswagen Beetle, the original one, up and down that hill.

I was determined to learn how to drive a stick shift, so while he and his girlfriend cozied up in the back seat, I attempted on several tries to make it up the hill before popping the clutch.

I was eventually successful, unquestionably making the couple in the back relieved.

Some things are just worth bringing back, at least those that have good memories! Plus, for me this new road will allow me to shave off a couple of minutes of drive time to work.

Terri Cowart Frazier is a staff writer at The Vicksburg Post. You may reach her at Readers are invited to submit their opinions for publication.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing 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 the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown 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 will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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