FRAZIER: When one needs direction in every sense of the word

Published 4:00 am Saturday, March 5, 2022

I make no bones about my struggles with direction.

In fact, I wholeheartedly admit I am directionally challenged. Even in Vicksburg, I still need landmarks. For instance, when someone refers to the South Frontage Road, I have to ask them, “Is that the McDonald’s side?”

It’s embarrassing, but it is what it is.

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My maternal grandmother had this saying — every time you must turn around when driving, you need to also turn your purse around.

I have done this, but not on every occasion I had to backtrack. If I had followed this old wives’ tale, the handle on my purse would be worn to a frazzle.

My directional dilemma has also been the cause of several panic attacks.

One time when traveling from Austin to San Antonio, I got lost on their crazy interstate system. Had I not had a cellphone to call my uncle, who lived in the area and knew the roads, I would probably still be going round and round searching for the exit I needed to take.

Yes, I had the GPS on, but I still got discombobulated.

That’s just how bad my sense of direction is.

While I struggle in finding my North Star while driving, this cataclysmic conundrum of mine also ekes into geography.

Obviously, I know California is to the west of us, Florida to the east and the Dakotas to the north. However, when it comes to referencing the location of other countries in relation to the U.S. and knowing where they are located — something I have not particularly given much attention — I am paying attention now.

With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, I imagine I am not the only one who has pulled up a world map or sought out a globe. And in doing so, my youngest daughter pointed out the proximity of Russia to Alaska.

At their closest points, the distance is 55 miles. I was shocked.

With this newfound knowledge of mine, I had to ask myself, what if Putin had decided to move in the opposite direction of Ukraine?

Like Ukraine, Alaska was once part of the Russian territory.

What would we do if the tyrant wanted it back? I am sure we would go to war and fight for our countrymen like the Ukrainians are doing.

And although we have more resources to defend the U.S., there would be lives lost and children killed, just like we are witnessing in Ukraine.

It feels sickening to see these people beg for help on TV. I know we are shoring up troops in NATO countries and supplying weaponry, food and clothing, but is this all we can do?

Watch and wait to see how many more are maimed and killed.

It was heartening to hear one local liquor store decided to forgo the sale of Russian vodka. I hope our leaders will be as bold and also refuse to purchase any goods or oil from the country.

If not, and the wait to take action continues, it would suggest to me those in power have lost their direction.

They need to turn their purses around and locate a landmark to help them find the way.

They have plenty of figurative landmarks to choose from — the faces of innocent Ukrainian children.

 

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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