A new follower on my Facebook page, Kelly Kazek’s Weird South, told me the most amazing news over the weekend. There exists in this world such a thing as …. wait for it … the World’s Largest Grit!
Here I’ve been, lackadaisically wandering through life without this knowledge. When I think of the precious brain energy I’ve wasted thinking about things like the World’s Largest Baseball Bat, the Bigfoot Museum and peanut butter s’mores when I could have been cogitating on this tribute to the diamond among grains … well.
So here’s what I know today – you’re welcome in advance – The Grit resides in Clarksville, Georgia. Leah Nattes was wandering through my Facebook page and posts here on the blog and messaged to say she enjoyed the stories. Then she told me to check out folk artist SamG of Georgia. She wrote: “Sam is a cool guy, His mind is beautiful and hilarious.” That’s when she sent a photo of The Grit and I saw it has its own Grit Temple, which is part of SamG Land.
I know it’s not a real grit, y’all. Every true southerner knows there is no such thing as a single grit. But it’s representational of everything that’s good and holy about the south. SamG does have a beautiful mind.
I messaged the artist, real name Sam Granger, and asked to use some photos for this blog post. I told him I just wanted to introduce my readers to the concept and I would come visit him this summer and do a longer story.
If you plan to go before I get there, here are the directions he sent, “1390 Tom Born Rd Clarkesville…. It’s kinda crazy how you get back here… You have to pull into the convenience store (M Mart) and take the ramp and jump the curb to enter the Magic Portal to SamG Land… Follow that driveway back into the woods. Best way if anyone wants to contact me is email firstname.lastname@example.org or [Sam Granger on] Facebook.”