The sun was shining today!
We had a wonderful breakfast with Shirley and Darryl (Jess’ parents) at the Nu Diner – one of the few restaurants in Cairo. It’s always nice to walk into a restaurant and see so many familiar faces…ah, small town life. It was good to especially see a woman there that I have been meeting to connect with for a the past few weeks. Also, I was glad to speak with Preston Ewing, the author of Let My People Go, a historical account of the civil rights movement in Cairo, the gate to the north. I actually mentioned this book a few days ago in my blog. I knew the book was no longer in print and it would be pretty difficult to get a copy, but I had no idea that on Amazon.com the book is selling for $225.00! Yikes! Good thing I have the hook up to get it for $25. Preston is a treasure of resource on the historical happenings in this beloved community. Currently he is working on a new edition of this book with history going all the way back to the 1800s. In a year or so it will be in print and I look forward to reading it. Stacy informed me that some of his extensive research has been compiled and made available at the SIU campus in Carbondale. I’ll have to take a little field trip to the library.
House shopping is always a fun activity in Cairo. There are over 300 abandoned buildings/homes…so just imagine the “potential”. Shirley is a Realtor and her and her husband fix homes and rent them out – so they were a great resource to have while looking at various properties. We looked at a few available homes, including “Hashem House” that Amanda is hoping to purchase (written about on SMG: Day 11).
A little nap served as my transition into the afternoon.
I took a little dip in the hot tub and finished a FABULOUS book: The Shack, written by William Young.
Dinner was surprisingly delicous – creamed corn chowder. Sounds pretty sick to me, but it was actually very edible. Thanks Amander.