Last Turn Home – Caron Sharpe, artist
Inspired by Tim McGraw.
Somewhere familiar, a safe place to land,
That feeling you get when you finally come back.
I got all these burdens rollin’ round in my head.
Once I round that corner girl you put ’em all to rest
I can feel it, feel it,
Got the wheels spinnin’, spinnin’
Pullin’ me in like I’ve been here all along,
Like I was never gone.
–Tim McGraw, Last Turn Home
There was something really magical about that moment we were allowed to return home following Hurricane Katrina. Though our world would never be quite the same, it was still home. Our home. And there was no better place to be.
Caron Sharpe captures that moment with Last Turn Home, inspired by Tim McGraw’s song of the same name. It was created on a wooden panel salvaged following Hurricane Katrina.
In the artist’s words:
Last Turn Home.
It was the feeling I got when I knew our lives would be normal again. Our home was flooded and pounded by the beautiful trees we loved so much, but we were blessed because it could be rebuilt.
So many of our friends and family lost everything and had to just start over. Friends, both old and new, who were not affected by Katrina came to help. First they came with food, water and other essentials, but the most important thing they brought us was hope. We would survive, rebuild and be normal again.
The scene depicted in my painting is the view from the front porch of our camp on Becky Lake. We lived there during the months of rebuilding our home. Watching the wildlife return to the cypress-filled lake gave us hope and reminded us to count our blessings.