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I had the opportunity to be a Fearless Leader for a group of travelers from the St. Louis area. They were on a tour called “Pioneer Woman’s Mercantile”. It was a three-day trip and I was engaged as their step-on guide and tour manager. You know what surprised me? They really didn’t know that much about Oklahoma.
We spent Day 1 in Claremore, and of course, it was important for them to understand about “Indian Territory” because all of us Okies know there was quite a bit of history left out of the books. I enjoy talking about the number of tribes that call Oklahoma home (39) and it always shocks visitors at the number of Indian reservations (0).
I was Livin’ It Up last Saturday night in Tulsa. It was Pure Country, as the Oklahoma Heartland was filled with music lovers going One Step at a Time to fill the BOK Center two nights in a row for an audience with the King. The King of Country Music, George Strait was Something Special as always. Understand, I’m a big George fan, it is Love Without End, Amen. My Lovesick Blues started way back in the early 1980’s, at a tiny bar in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
My world now includes a white carnation on Mother’s Day.
If you grew up in church that recognized mothers the second Sunday in May, you are probably familiar with the tradition of red and white flowers. As a girl, I remember women wearing corsages to church, red if their mother was living; white if she had passed away. Carnations were given away to the youngest mom, the oldest mother and the one with the most children. It seemed like we could always predict who was going to get the flower, but sometimes we had a visitor that surprised us. It was a day that we dressed up and worked on good behavior to make our moms proud. Our momma would work hard to prepare a big dinner for her mom (and dad, of course) and as the years passed the cycle continued. It was about being together as a family. It was about showing appreciation to our mother.
Let’s send up a cheer for how patriotic Groovy Grove looked this last weekend. Hopefully, everyone noticed Old Glory waving from the utility poles all throughout the city limits. This is not a small deal, the numbers are impressive.
There were 285 American flags installed on 285 permanent flag holders. Flags have been flying over Grove for many years. The Grove Kiwani’s Club put up flags since the early 1980’s. Grove Rotary Club picked up that patriotic banner circa 2010. Every Memorial Day, Flag Day, July 4th, Labor Day, and Veteran’s Day, a team of volunteer Rotarians hit the streets about daylight.
This weekend is the Kentucky Derby. Since 1875 the “Run for the Roses” has been taking place at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. This weekend, riders , racing enthusiasts and people that have never sat a horse will be adding color to their conversations with terms like “Post Time”, “Win, Place & Show”, and “Homestretch”. This weekend, bar glasses will brim with mint juleps, and hats will be critiqued. Money will exchange. This weekend, people will look at the racing lineup and claim a winner, whether out of intellect or illusion. At the end of the day, the system could have the same results. This weekend “the most exciting two minutes in sports” will take all week to prepare for and more hours to discuss.
Your travelin’ pal is on the road again. Hubby Doug and I are in Florida. Our little teardrop camper, Joshua, is parked among RV’s three times his size. Recall that we have zero camping experience, so this on-the-road RV business is a learning curve for us. For starters, we have no idea what we need until we don’t have it. I make a lot of lists.
Our first stop was near Nashville for a friend’s wedding. I love Nashville. The shindig’s caterer was “Bacon and Caviar”. That just about sums up Nashville. And just for the record, our wedding supper included both biscuits and brie.
Clang, Clang, hey, is that the Hometown Trolley? If you saw the little Trolley tooling along in Groovy Grove this week, you might wonder what was up. Remember our Trolley made its way to Miami for casino runs, and then back to Grove, where it is owned by Grove Public Schools. They use it as special transportation for short runs for rewards. We appreciate when the school lets us hire it for touring one of our favorite places, our own backyard. Perhaps you are working on a smirk right now that echo's your thoughts of "Why would anyone want to tour their hometown?" I can answer with confidence the more you learn about an area, the more you take ownership of it.
I love scissors. There is something about having a nice, sturdy pair of scissors that deliver a clean cut that kinda makes me happy. I have a pair of scissors in every room of my house. I do not want to hunt for a something that will cut when I am ready to snip. I had my big orange handled scissors out and I was cutting out a story from the newspaper that featured a neighbor’s son. I thought of my friends that clip out and save for those articles for me. When we were sorting through my parent’s treasures, sister and I were amazed at the many stuffed envelopes and shoeboxes of newspaper clippings that my mom had collected. I’m not sure what she ever intended to do with them, maybe just save them, but there was a history of people we knew and the lives they had lived.
There’s a lot of BIG entertainment in our area! Last week, the Good to Go Gang loaded our shiny red motorcoach and headed to Missouri for the Branson Big Stuff trip. This two-day trip was busy with four BIG shows that we totally enjoyed. We were wowed at the new production of “Samson” at the Sight and Sound Theater. The interpretation of the Biblical story was just as moving as the special effects were amazing. A BIG show! Show number two was “Raiding the Country Vault”. The classic country music is presented a bit different, with the focus on the song and its roots and less on the performer. But we learn, before the finale, that these are not just run of the mill performers, they are BIG.