Wednesday, April 04, 2007


In the 40 years I've known Jerry, we have only spent one hour in the car together (five years ago in Tulsa) -- until last week.
Taking a car trip can make or break a friendship.
Luckily Jerry and I discovered that we travel well together, even our restroom breaks were in sync.

Jerry did the hard work for the trip; he used his frequent flyer miles to get me to Kansas City and did the majority of the driving.

We arrived in Tekamah just in time for dinner.
I'll admit to being nervous as we walked up to the door, but that dissipated as we were greeted with a big hug from Cliff and Marilyn.

Dinner was delicious and fun.
Marilyn made her famous strawberry shortcake for dessert.

I cannot tell you how welcome they made us feel and how real-life funny they are.

Cliff sang a solo at Palm Sunday service. He sounded terrific.
I'm sorry the photo is so dark, but I did not have enough nerve to use the flash in church.
Marilyn sings and plays in the bell choir, Juli plays piano and organ. The grandson lit the candles and the granddaughters were in the procession that brought the palms to the alter.
I only goofed up twice, one of them involved passing the offering basket the wrong way.
Everyone was very friendly and knew that Jerry and I must be bloggers.
So much for being incognito.

Lunch followed with all of the Morrow children and grandchildren.
I was honored to be in their company.

The rest of the day was spent exploring the farm.

I made an interesting discovery...I found the cat field, it looks like it will be a good crop this year.

If you look closely, you will find three cats.

We spent Sunday evening swapping stories.
I also learned about 3-D photography, Marilyn is a fabulous photographer.

I over packed, I brought clothes for every contingency, almost.
I did not anticipate the 6:15 (yes, in the morning) run to Decatur to pick up 9 dogs to be groomed.
The trip was fun. Four adults and 9 dogs in the van. Almost everyone behaved.

The traditional Tekemah good-bye

I knew that I would like the Morrows, but it was humbling to see how respected in their community they are.

I was also impressed by all of the history of the area Cliff knows.

It was a grand trip.

Thanks Jerry and Cliff.


Ralph's Homespun Headlines said...

Great story about a wonderful trip. I know what you mean about meeting people for the first time. I felt that way the first time I met Cliff and Marilyn - except I was still pretty young and wanted to set the world on fire. There is just something about that those two people that makes you feel comfortable, welcome, and a part of whatever is going on.
From reading yours and Jerry's blogs I imagine you two are the same way.

Jerry said...

That was so much fun. Where to next? Ralph's?

Cliff Morrow said...

Very kind words my dear, thanks. Yes, Ralph's, stop here and I'll take you.

Rachel said...

I'm so glad you had a nice visit, and that you both had a safe trip. Glad you rode well together too! :)

Great pictures. Jerry did a nice write up of the visit as well.

A cat field? Never heard of that! Glad they have a bumper crop. I would be right at home!

Teresa said...

Glad you had a great time. I love the American Gothic photo pose.

Bossy♥'s YOU said...

Looks Like Loads of Fun:)

I just love Cliff..someday maybe I cna drop my dog off their so his wife can give her a good grooming;)