During a recent trip to her hometown of Checotah, Okla., Carrie Underwood took Extra’s cameras inside her high school to capture her visit to her alma mater. As Underwood and host Alecia Davis walked through the halls of the school, Underwood reminisced on her time there. When asked to describe herself as a high school teen, the soft-spoken Oklahoma native said she was “average,” but we know she’s anything but.
As they made their way through the halls, Alecia and Carrie came upon a plaque bearing Underwood’s name and photo. Although it was a complete honor, Carrie admitted she was apprehensive about the plaque at first.
“I actually fought this for a long time,” she said. “They wanted to put a plaque up, name this the Fine Arts wing after me, and I was like, ‘I don’t know how I feel about that’… it’s just me, but I get it, it’s really cool. I’m honored… hopefully, people look at it and are like, ‘That’s a good reminder that somebody came from here and is successful.’”
While she admitted she doesn’t get home as often as she’d like, Underwood enjoys every moment she has in her small town. It’s where he parents still live, so she tries to get back as often as possible.
“It always feels good to come home,” she shared. “This will always be home. It’s always nice to drive through town and be like, ‘Well, that’s new’ or ‘Where did that go?’ Things change and evolve, but it still feels like home.”
For much of this year, however, home for Underwood will be a tour bus. She recently wrapped the first leg of her wildly successful Storyteller Tour and has plans to pick it back up with a second leg in the fall. The mother of 1-year-old Isaiah hopes to give him as normal of a childhood as possible though and says she makes a point to take him to zoos, aquariums, and the like while traveling the country on tour.
“I want him to have childhood normalcy … we take him down to the pools, and the hotels and let him splash around because a kid would do that,” she explained. “I have some future plans for an RV for sure … we’ll be taking some summer drives.”
The “Church Bells” singer can enjoy some downtime with Isaiah and husband Mike Fisher now through July 22 when she’s scheduled to perform at the Great Jones County Fair in Monticello, IA.