Thursday, January 25, 2007
Day 1 and 2
We left Tennessee on Sunday, after church and dinner with family. The weather was cold and wet. Travelling in an RV is definitely the least painless way that we have travelled with our children. When we need to pull over, we just pull over. There is no waiting for bathrooms, looking for places to eat, and etc.
We arrived in Jerseyville, IL sometime after 9:00 P.M. Jerseyville is just north of St. Louis, MO. This was the first time that we encountered snow on our trip. There was a good six inches of snow on the ground. We dry camped that night in the Wal-Mart parking lot in Jerseyville.
The next day we went to Fieldon. This is the small town where Scott was born. The family home, local elementary school, and general atmosphere had not changed much since they left in the early 80's. We stayed with family friends who are more like family than most family! They are a retired couple with four grown children. The oldest daughter went to school with Scott's father! They were kind enough to insist that we park the RV and stay at their house. The old family home was for sale, so we were able to roam around the yard and look in windows. Scott commented how much smaller the house seems now, than when he was a child. Scott's Dad did a lot of work to the home, when they were growing up. He remodeled it; adding an additional upstairs bedroom, a second bathroom, and windows in the second story. The house looks much that same as it did in 1980.
Despite the snow, classes were going on at the local school. We wandered in and were graciously allowed a tour. Scott went to Kindergarten and part of first grade at this school and his father attended this school from the time it opened until he graduated elementary school in the 50's.
We were very suprised that Scott's first grade teacher was still teaching at the school. She even remembered him! We would have thought that she was just being polite, but she recalled details of his time there. What a fabulous memory.
After leaving the school, we met a cousin of Scott's who he did not know existed until our visit. The man, his wife, and their children live right across the street from the school. He was very nice and recalled Scott's dad fondly, from his youth. Scott's family has not had contact with his father's side of the family for various vague and unknown reasons. There seems to be some family secret or series of secrets. We joked with this newly found cousin about it. He suggested that maybe their Dad's killed Kennedy or something.
Our travel to Illinois and first full day of visiting was very nice.