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Monday, August 06, 2007

2007 MS reunion

The day of our departure for Mississippi dawned – Thursday, August 2nd – and we weren’t close to being ready to leave. The purpose of the trip was to attend the annual reunion held there. The Spice was up until the wee hours doing necessary bookkeeping for MIL and us, so we decided to scrap the departure time and leave when we got luggage and ourselves together. We left the house with three errands to complete before leaving town and finally got away from the area shortly before noon.

We had traveled about 100 miles when I noticed that the fuel light was in its lighted condition – and I didn’t know how long it had been that way. Since I have no love of walking to a service station, we stopped at about the first place we found. All fuel is ridiculous in price and this place was no exception, being about 30 cents more a gallon than it was back home – but still better than walking.

The Spice had checked out three books on CD for us to listen to on the trip. The first was a short one by Ravi Zacharias – “The Lamb and the Fuhrer”. It presented a fictionalized account of an after death meeting of Adolf Hitler with Jesus Christ. The Fuhrer was being tried for what he did during his lifetime and many of the ones that Hitler had caused to be killed were there as witnesses against him as well as his own henchmen. It was an interesting read – or listen in this case.

The book took us into Alabama and we stopped at the welcome center to rest a bit and eat some sandwiches we prepared before we left. We found an out of the way table in deep shade and consumed the edibles. We reentered the fray of the traffic on I-20 and continued our journey. We finished that book and started another in the area of Birmingham, Alabama. Leaving the interstate, we continued the trip westward on US 78.

This new book is one by Francine Rivers – “The Priest” – a partially fictionalized version of the life of Aaron, the brother of Moses in the Old Testament. We listened to only one of the five discs and stopped until the return trip because we would not have had time to complete another one – it is amazing how much faster the trip seems to go with something like this to relieve the boredom.

Departing US 78, we got on state road 23 in the small town of Tremont, Mississippi. The road runs almost due north and parallel to the Alabama state line and the old home place is about 10 miles from Tremont. This is a rural area with a fair amount of farming but much of the land is growing trees, planted in neat rows all through the countryside.

We arrived at my Aunt and Uncle’s place about 7:20pm our time – 6:20 down there. It was good to see them yet somewhat sad to note that they are getting older and not as spry as they once were – both being in their eighties. After chatting and greeting a while, we got our luggage in and went over to my sister’s place. My nephew and his daughter from Milwaukee had arrived a few days before.

We had a good visit but were tired and went back to our sleeping place for the next couple of nights. After chatting some more with them, we finally zonked out for the evening, grateful to God that we didn’t become just another highway statistic. TBC ec


Blogger Brenda said...

I'm thankful the heatwave that we're having in this area this week (across Mississippi and Arkansas) waited until after your trip. I'm glad you're home safe!

8/07/2007 08:48:00 AM  
Blogger mreddie said...

brenda - Thanks - It was pretty hot there but even hotter here for the third day now. My poor garden looks like it is about to melt and run back into the dirt - in spite of watering it. ec

8/08/2007 10:04:00 AM  
Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Thank you for allowing me to (again) vicariously share your journey.

8/08/2007 11:45:00 PM  
Blogger mreddie said...

SSN - You are quite welcome, glad to have you along with us. ec

8/09/2007 12:32:00 PM  

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