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So the Tennessee portion of this trip is coming to an end. We leave in the morning for the 4 hour venture to southern Indiana where my other Grandma (Mamaw) lives. Mamaw fell and broke her pelvis and her wrist a few months back and was recently discharged from the nursing home she was receiving rehabilitation at. I can’t wait to see her because I’ve been so worried. I picture her bedridden and unable to help herself so I need to see her up and functioning to help relieve some of the anxiety I have over her going home. The nurse in me fears the worst I suppose.

This portion of the trip has been good. Slightly boring, but good. Granny’s house is always pretty uneventful. The highlight of the day is watching the Waltons with the whole family gathered around the kitchen table. She has recently moved up to watching NCIS a lot which is at least interesting so I can’t complain too much since she used to watch that silly old show Family Matters (remember Steve Urkel?!) at least 15 times a day. I acquired some plants to bring home and repot, assuming I don’t kill them on the ride home. She gave me a little snip of rosebush to root and I stole some “hen and chicks” from her giant plant. Tomorrow she’s supposed to have a calla lilly for me to take as well. I am looking forward to getting some plants out on my patio when I get home. Granny lives in a very small town in rural Tennessee called Winchester. i’ll never forget the first time I came here. We were almost here, maybe about an hour outside of town and my dad called to get directions. My GREAT-Granny was still alive at the time and got on the phone.. now imagine this is the most southern backwoods Tennessee accent you can come  up with.. She says “Now.. when you get to the top of the mountain.. Turn left.” It was absolutely hilarious at the time as she was dead serious.

In a sense I am still climbing the mountain, Granny.. but when I get there I don’t want to turn left. I just want to take in the clean cold air and soak in the beauty that is around me. I will get there someday. I’m getting closer and closer every day.

Be master of your petty annoyances and conserve your energies for the big, worthwhile things. It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out – it’s the grain of sand in your shoe. ~Robert Service


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