Cheryl has been looking for her cousins, nephews of her father, for many years. Last week from a clue with an address, she mailed a letter to this person. Last night we got the phone call she never expected from Tony, so we are going up to Senatobia, MS. to visit with him.
Traveling from Vicksburg, about mid-state to northern Mississippi the road took us over to an interstate corridor & up the center of the state. Along this route we saw several large employers: an immense Nissan Plant, Levis manufacturing plant, and Coca Cola.
The land was beginning to be more low rolling hills and farmland with rolls of hay and cattle. Also all along the highway were white flowering bushes that were very fragrant, that we enjoyed since we were driving with the windows open. Not sure what they were, but they are nice.
We found an RV park just a few miles from cousin Tony's house and relaxed for a while before going to visit. He lives in a lovely neighborhood of red brick homes and huge trees. He greeted us from the door with a great big smile and a hug. We met his girlfriend, Jennifer, and his mother, Ann. His mother is bed bound due to a broken hip that didn't heal properly, but that doesn't slow her down. She is a very animated, fun lady. She reminded me that for 9 years (while married to my Dad's brother) she was my Aunt.
We were so happy to have found each other. I could tell that he looked like my Dad's brother and had some facial similarities as a couple of my brothers. We talked about family and life and our pasts. He spoke about his older brother who passed away 14 years ago and they showed us a portrait of him.
This family trip taks us off of our original path, but while up this far north in Mississippi (just south of Memphis, TN), Larry wants to cut across to Huntsville, Alabama where he used to live in the mid 1960's.