Home again, home again, jiggety-jig.
After I married Big Buckaroo, I moved to Petit Jean Mountain State Park where he was a ranger. Of course, moving from downtown Memphis to the top of a mountain was a drastic change, but I was in love and would have lived in a cabin in the woods, eaten beef jerky and sewn my own clothes (alright a huge exaggeration there) for that man.
Thankfully, the Lord does provide because I landed a Public Relations job at an international development organization that was headquartered on top of the mountain. Yes, I said international development and mountain in the same sentence. How does that happen? Well, one name says it all- Winthrop Rockefeller.
Through his leadership and philanthropy, he transformed the state’s politics, economy, culture, and education for the better. And, he changed Petit Jean Mountain, the place he CHOSE as his home.
A year after I chose dirty diapers, Cheerios all over my floor and baby kisses over hopping on a plane to D.C., writing brochures, website hoopla and all the other stuff that goes with promoting an organization, Winrock International moved their headquarters to Little Rock. Now, on the estate of the late Governor sits the extraordinary Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, an educational institute and conference center centered around the legacy of the ideas of Rockefeller, a place where collaboration and change thrive. And…. I have been invited home.
Go learn more about WRI at LivetheLegacy.org, it is an incredible place. WRIs Heritage Farmstead and their Growing Healthy Communities Initiative fits right into my life as a farmers’ market chic and community organizer, I can’t wait to learn more. Plus, I am going to be able to visit with many of my friends from my life on Petit Jean. So much fun!
Watch The Park Wife on Facebook and Twitter this weekend, I can’t wait to share with you about this extraordinary opportunity to go home again.
Arkansan By Choice,
The Park Wife