A Lunch Worth Driving For

by Stefani on 25-August-2009

Yesterday we drove through parched brown fields, the scraggly remains of a corn harvest, and miles of cotton. We passed countless truckloads of hay bales piled dangerously high and busy grain silos with their lines of 18 wheelers. We had lunch at a little cafe… just us and the cheery waitress, the oil rig hands and the farmers. 

Country RoadThe NeighborsOld Homestead

And why? Why would we drive two hours for lunch? 

Well because that cafe makes a truly fine chicken fried steak, of course.

That, and the fact that my aunt drove 2 hours from the other direction to meet us there, and brought with her some very precious cargo… my granny. 

We had a very sweet lunch – great gobs of southern cooking and swapping tales over the table. We got the low down on all our country relations and we brought along a few city stories to trade. The corn dog and ice cream eating antics of my boys illicited more than a few smiles from the work-weary faces that surrounded us. 

When we had talked and eaten all we could, we piled Granny's things in our car and brought her home with us. We get to keep her for a whole week!

There has been much fussing over making Ryder's room into Granny's room (we had to girl it up with some quilts and flowers and a little tea station – the boys thought we should hang new curtains and paint the walls pink, but settled for floral pillow cases and a milk glass lamp :-). And poor Granny has listened so patiently to an endless stream of "Granny come see this… look at my room… this is my reader… here's how I do my karate forms… look at my drawing… want to see my toys?… "

My guys are reveling in sharing their world with a woman that they adore… and really, isn't that the dream of every young man? 

I hope you get to share your world with someone special today too. 

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p.s. Several of you have asked, so I'm working on a homeschooling post (which may bleed into two). Stay tuned! 

Sarah Jackson August 25, 2009 at 7:06 am

oh! that is so great!! I wish my grandma was here for a week. Enjoy her.

brandy August 25, 2009 at 7:12 am

There’s nothing like that special Granny is there?! I got to see mine this weekend as well! Have fun and enjoy that special lady.

Amy J August 25, 2009 at 7:12 am

Enjoy her! What a blessing!

Myrnie August 25, 2009 at 7:21 am

Have a great week with Granny! What a blessing to your boys (and to their parents 🙂

Kate August 25, 2009 at 8:02 am

Have a wonderful week with Granny and make lots of memories!

Melanie August 25, 2009 at 8:20 am

So amazing to watch the generations enjoy and get to know one another! We’re blessed by having two of those great-grannies still with us and thank you for the reminder to always take the time to be with others who have SO much to share!

greta August 25, 2009 at 11:09 am

This post brought tears to my eyes. Grandparents are truly a blessing.

Hannah August 25, 2009 at 11:43 am

Aha! I’m onto you. Fraud!

This can’t possibly be true, this post. Why? BECAUSE THERE IS GREEN GRASS IN YOUR PHOTOS!!!
(At least, that’s what I THINK it is, but living here in Central TX, I shore haven’t seen anything like that in a coon’s age.)

🙂
(Seriously, your granny sounds like a real keeper.)

Stefani August 25, 2009 at 12:11 pm

Ha ha ha!!! You are so right! All of these pictures were taken a couple of hours east of here. Even the boys noticed the difference… “Mama look! It’s not BROWN here!!!!” They were totally taken back by the cotton fields – a whole SEA of green. They’re already harvesting though, and I know it’s at least a month early. When we approached Austin Granny said, “It looks like winter here… only with heat!” So true. I’m telling you, it’s worth the drive if only to see a little green again!

AJ August 25, 2009 at 1:49 pm

Just wanted to say that I really loved this post. It reminds me of when I used to go back home to Chicago to visit my grandma.

Dana August 25, 2009 at 2:15 pm

First of all, good chicken fried steak is worth a two hour drive. No question.

I’m getting a little weepy thinking that I never had the chance to host my grandma in my own home. What a special thing to be able to welcome into your home someone from whom you learned what feeling welcome and home is all about.

Enjoy your special company.

laughingfamily August 25, 2009 at 2:45 pm

Dana, you read my mind. I would totally drive 2 hours for some good chicken fried steak, especially with homemade gravy. YUMMM!

Mad Woman August 25, 2009 at 4:04 pm

Yay for a Granny visit! That’s so wonderful that the boys (and you of course) are able to share some time with her.

Can’t wait to hear about your homeschooling too!

molly August 25, 2009 at 7:05 pm

how fun to have granny under your roof for a whole week! and your blog is looking amazing! haven’t been over for a while – now i’m blown away!

Mary Smith August 25, 2009 at 9:07 pm

I’m sure it will be a great stay for everyone! She must be pretty spry to be able to do all that traveling!

Our Green Nest August 26, 2009 at 4:51 am

So sweet! 🙂 Hope it’s a wonderful week!

Melinda August 26, 2009 at 8:24 am

I would say that was definately worth the drive…Have a GREAT visit!!!!

Bonnie August 27, 2009 at 10:26 am

I would definately drive 2 hours to have lunch with my grandma… I am so lucky that 1) at 90 she is still able to travel for lunch with me and 2) I only have to drive about 6 minutes!

I actually logged on to your blog to check your archives for homeschooling posts and I laughed out loud as I read the last line of this one!

darlene August 27, 2009 at 10:14 pm

so very sweet that your boys love granny!

Heidi @ Mt Hope August 28, 2009 at 9:48 am

Your blog design looks terrific! I always enjoy my visits here. 🙂

tara August 31, 2009 at 10:50 am

there were a couple more tears over here, too. I’m so happy that your boys (and you!) get some granny time.
…and the blog does look so great!

gardenmama August 31, 2009 at 7:30 pm

aww I love your banner!!
How lovely Granny is staying with you, many blessings to your family I can imagine there are many sweet memories in the making happening during this time of togetherness!

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