Thursday, August 27, 2009
Close to Nowhere
Barry had a relaxing weekend; I had a really wonderful one!
With their mom’s permission, the girls stayed home from school Friday and we drove to see my sister in Missouri.
For a while now, it’s been iffy making plans, with Pop’s health and my older brother’s eye problems. Then, my younger brother developed liver problems, so things were looking iffy again.
However, I decided since they were both grown men and I’ve given up all kinds of quilting events, etc., with Pop and one brother, that this weekend was going to happen! And it did!
Almost as soon as we arrived at Jackie’s house, we had to get right back in the car and head to Sikeston, Mo., and Lambert’s Cafe. Neither girl thinks they’ve been to Jackie’s if we don’t make the 15-20 minute drive from her house to the restaurant.
Other sister Rahe drove down from Cape Girardeau to meet us at Lambert’s and then drove back to Jackie’s and spent the night. We played Rummikub until way too late and talked and it was wonderful!
Rahe had to go home early Saturday morning, so it was just Jackie and I, along with the two girls, heading off to Gleason, Tenn., to visit our cousin Alice and her family.
Alice lives in Aunt Myrl’s house on the farm, where we all visited as children.
Dennis, my oldest brother, and I loved to go to Aunt Myrl’s and Uncle Herbert’s farm more than anything. Cousins Mike and Clifford were generally there when we went and Mike and I (same age) would torture Clifford and Dennis (same age and unfortunate enough to be the “little” brothers).
This Saturday, after getting good and lost on the way to Alice’s, we spent the rest of the day looking at old photos and reminiscing.
I was amazed — Alice had many of the same photos I did in my mother’s old albums! She said my dad was Grandma Duke’s “favorite son” so she often gave him photos.
Even when the photos weren’t exactly the same, the same people populated them. And someone had given Larry, Alice’s son, a beginning of a family history, so we had even more to look at and talk about.
And of course, we had to eat. Alice, being one of the smarter of our relatives, had made ham and cheese and pimento sandwiches and had fresh tomatoes and lettuce, along with other goodies.
I cannot imagine eating at Alice’s without a tomato. I’ve eaten tomatoes at that table since I can remember. And they are always the best tomatoes!
Alice loaned me her old pictures, so it won’t be long we’ll get to go back.
I can’t wait!
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