Arizona was born in a log cabin her papa built in the meadow on Henson Creek. She grew to be a very tall little girl who liked to grow flowers, sing, and square dance to the music of the fiddler on Saturday night. But what she liked most of all was to read-and dream-about all the faraway places she would visit one day.
Arizona never did go to those faraway places. Instead, she stayed in the Blue Ridge Mountains where she was born, and taught generations of children about words and numbers and all the places they could go one day.
Gloria Houston's joyous recounting of the cycles of her great-aunt Arizona's life is a story to share — one that reminds us of the magical place a special teacher can hold in our hearts.
Arizona Houston Hughes lived her entire life in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. It was there that she learned about words, numbers, and faraway places — and it was to there she returned, after being trained as a teacher, to share her indomitable spirit and sense of wonder with generations of school children.