This is me and Drew and a few friends last Sunday at a moonshine bar in the Ozarks, near where I went to college. Drew and I were in the area visiting my parents, the the other woman in the photo is a friend who lives there, and the two guys pictured – Chad and Jared, who are friends of mine for nearly 20 years – traveled from Chicago and St. Louis so we could have a mini reunion on our old stomping grounds. We’d planned to spend Sunday floating and swimming off a rented boat down Table Rock Lake, but, since it rained all day, we went to this charming, hidden spot instead where we spent the afternoon on a covered porch in the Ozark hills sipping moonshine, watching the rain come down, and jamming on some borrowed instruments. It was a highlight of my ten-day trip to Missouri, which has also included lots of time with my parents and sister, seeing some other friends, visiting a zoo and a farm, eating Andy’s Frozen Custard, hitting story time at the library twice, taking Jackson to several playgrounds, winning twenty bucks on a scratch-off lottery ticket, taking Jackson on his first road trip (Springfield to St. Louis) with Chad and Jared, and celebrating my grandpa’s 90th birthday.
Tomorrow morning we head back to Brooklyn and I am ready. I was reminded how hard it is to travel with a toddler, especially this particular toddler who is special in many ways including his ability to scream for hours and hours and hours and hours and hours when he is slightly off-schedule or the tiniest bit inconvenienced, like when the peanut butter on his toast is too thick. Next time five days is our max. I may need someone to remind me of that, please.
This is probably the longest I’ve gone without really checking in on DW too much – and that’s including the week Jack was born. What did I miss? And what is everyone up to? Can you believe the summer is winding down? It always goes too fast if you ask me!