In a previous blog, I mentioned I was reading Greg Iles book, Natchez Burning. This book is set in Mississippi during the current times and in the late 1960″s. In trying to keep his dad out of prison, Penn Cage, has to go back to 1968 to solve the crime. This period was set during the heated time of the civil rights movement. Mississippi was a powder keg ready to explode with all the tension. There is talk in the book of the Klan, the treatment of blacks, and even the prominent people of the day. Pres. Kennedy, his brother, Bobby, and Martin Luther King play a role in this storyline. I have been able to understand this.
As a 17 yr. old white girl, born and raised in Memphis, Tn., I was aware of the black people and the struggle going on. It was not always easy. There were times when it was scary. This book tells of the killing of the Kennedys and Martin Luther King. I remember that day, April 4, 1968 very well. I had graduated from high school and had a job working at Campbell’s Clinic, an orthopedic hospital. In order to get home each day, I would ride the bus from the clinic and transfer to bus downtown that took me home. On this particular day, I had not heard any news about the assassination of King. I got off work and got on the bus. It was on the bus that the driver told us about the killing and that the routes for outgoing buses would be different. I remember getting off the bus and walking to where I would take the bus going home. It was a frightful scene, indeed, as I saw blacks with angry faces walking down the middle of the street. They were throwing bricks, screaming and yelling obscenities. There was even a wagon that went by that had a burning effigy. I was so terrified. I remember praying that I would get home safely that night. I was so glad when I got on the bus. After a 10 min. wait, it was with sheer relief when the bus drove out of downtown and headed to the outskirts of the city.
We have come a long way since that day in 1968. Things are good, but as with everything, they could be better. I have learned a lot since that day. I have learned that there is good and bad in all of us. I have learned that we all need understanding and tolerance. And I have learned that we should all treat each other with respect.
Yesterday, June 12th, was my birthday. I am 65 yrs. old. It does not seem possible. My mind says I am still 30, but my body tells me different. HA!!
My birthday started off with my sweet husband, Mark, bringing me a balloon and my favorite cinnamon roll–which we split for breakfast. We then decided we were going to Logan. Lucas and Sarah graduated from Utah State (go Aggies) and we always enjoyed our visits there. They have the sweetest little zoo. It has lots of birds, turtles, and ducks. It also has some coyotes, elk, and bobcats. It is kept really clean and it is pretty . It is just relaxing to visit. We were at the big duck pond when we got involved in watching a mama bird feed her little chick. I am not sure what kind of bird it was, but it was very tiny. It was fun to see the mama fly up to the little hole with a bug in it’s mouth and then-pop- out came a little baby head and snatched the bug.
Then we played a game of Scrabble and left the zoo. Our next stop was the fun store, Hastings. I don’t know why I love that store, but I get a kick out it. I found some things for Mark’s father day and a present for Maya’s birthday. It was fun!!
Our next stop was our favorite pizza place, Firehouse Pizza. It is so good. We had a cordon bleu calzone, salad, and breadsticks. I got a fazookie free for my birthday. Mark ate most of it, but that was fine. HA!
Our last stop was to the End. The Logan River runs down the side of Logan and ends up in a big lake. People fish, boat, and kayak there. Ii has picnic tables and is just a beautiful spot to enjoy nature. The mountains around it are high and pretty. We spent some time reading and walking around. I love being in the sun and enjoying nature. I wish we h ad a cabin in the mountains somewhere. It would be so fun.
We came home and relaxed, watched a little TV, and then off to bed. I thought it was the most perfect birthday day. Mark always knows how to make me happy.
I have several authors that are my very favorite. I have read all they have written. I wait with anticipation for the next book. So it was with extreme pleasure when I read that Greg Iles had a new book coming out. I love Greg Iles. The first book I ever read by him was called 24 Hours. It was a nice little suspense read. I then found out the names of other books he had written. One of them has become my favorite. It was called the Quiet Game. It was set in the town of Natchez, Miss. and being a southern girl, it piqued my curiosity. It was the story of a writer, Penn Cage, who went home and got involved in solving a mystery from the sixties. A black man had been accused of setting a bomb that killed some children. It was very good and intense.
Now Greg Iles has just released his new book called Natchez Burning. It is about Penn and another murder he gets involved in. Can’t wait to finish it. And the best part is it is the first in a trilogy. I love books that go on forever. HA!! If you are looking for a good read–Greg Iles can give you that!
We had a fun weekend on the 31st. Kev asked us to watch Ethan for the weekend. We picked him up Friday which was his last day of school and also his birthday. He was all excited to tell us about school ending and moving to the 4th grade. I asked him if he had enjoyed the 3rd grade. He said “oh, yeah, except for the times I got in trouble.” I asked why would he get in trouble? And in all seriousness he told me “I don’t know why I get in trouble. There is just something inside me that makes me the class clown. I can’t help it”. We are just cracking up. Then he goes on to explain about his behavior cards. If he is good, they stay up, but if he is bad they all get flipped down. He then says “I do good all week, but come Thursday and Friday, before you know it all my cards are flipped. Yeah, I just can’t help it” He is the funniest little dude. We get such a kick out of him.
We had Maya, our 5 yr. granddaughter, who loves her cousin, Ethan, come play and spend the night. It was hilarious listening to them talk with us in the next room.
We took Ethan to Walmart and he picked out his toys. He liked what he got. It was funny–we took them to the park to play and I bet they didn’t stay 30 min. So Ethan picked McDonald’s for his dinner as it has the best cheeseburgers and Sprite in the world. Crazy kids ended up playing for over an hour. Now explain to me how that is so much fun over the park. Kids!