Possum's are known as the animal that essentially curls up and dies whenever they are threatened. This does not seem like a good representation of what the South is and what it stands for. South is known to be a bit more defensive when under attack.
The Possum looks ugly, smells bad and is so slow that its name has become synonymous with Roadkill.
|Well, except this one|
|Look at those beautiful mits|
But that brings me back to my original Possum. The possum lives all over North and South America, so what is it that instills it with such Southiness.
Clay's corner is a celebration of all things Possum related, however the biggest night of the year is New Year's Eve.
A few years back I attended the infamous "Possum Drop". The folks in Brasstown did not want to be up staged by prissy New Yorkers and started their own tradition. On New Years Even they decided that if they could drop a ball in New York, then they would drop, what else, a Possum.
The festivities were a sight to behold as they started things off with a Redneck drag show to crown the "Possum Queen"
|The Possum Queen|
And yes, "Redneck Drag Show" is indeed a confusing spectacle to witness. After a fake rodeo and a tribute to the troops the moment arrived and the little fellow was lowered to the ground at the stroke of midnight signalling the new year. They capped things off with a firework display set to "Dixie" blaring over the loud speakers.
Of course the night would not be complete without an appearance from "Opie the Drug Free Possum"
I guess I can't really explain why the Possum is so popular with the Southern people. But I think this event more then solidifies the Possum as part of Southern Americana.
To close I though I would share of the wonderful stuffed Possums I have photographed over the years.
He's got a point, we do say that.
This is the Possum they have at the Smithsonian Museum of National History. I have dubbed him the World's most pretentious Possum.
Okay, this is where things get a little ugly. It doesn't get much worse then that.
Okay, I guess it does.
Then there is this mother possum. This mount wouldn't be too bad if they hadn't decided to leave her horrifying skeletal babies in her pouch.
I admit I did actually use this as a Christmas Card one year.
Sweet Dreams Everyone!