So Papa had to get another Sweet ‘N Low to put in his coffee because the coffee was only good if you put enough sugar in it. When Grammy complained about the watery coffee he told her: “You must not have put enough sugar in it.”
Our next stop was 2 hours later in Thayer, MO. Like I said, the hashbrowns gave me heartburn so we stopped at the Country Mart Dollar Store to get some Tums. Papa didn’t believe that I had heartburn. He said that young people don’t have problems like that. They can eat whatever they want because they’re young. I told him the hashbrowns gave me heartburn. He said:
Along with my Tums, Papa found the bakery section of the store and found a huge pizza-sized pecan pastry. He bought it (I mean, we hadn’t had our breakfast dessert yet) and we headed over to McDonald’s to get some coffee. Grammy wouldn’t let us take our pastry into McDonald’s to eat it, so Papa and I got the coffee and then we went and sat in the parking lot and watched a lumber truck unload machinery while we ate.
From Thayer, we headed south through Tennessee. And as if this trip couldn’t get any better (or more retired) we stopped to eat at Cracker Barrel in Lebanon, Tennessee for lunch. The Lincoln doesn’t have a CD player so we listened to two tapes repeatedly for the seven-hour span between Thayer, Missouri and Jackson, Mississippi.
1) Sleepless in Seattle Soundtrack. Grammy and I love this soundtrack. We also have the CD.
2) Show tunes. And not just any show tunes, these were show tune remakes, and were all played with weird, unknown instruments and sung by people who were not actually in the stage productions.
3) John Denver. When Papa put this one in, he looked at me and said: “I bet that West Virginia song is on here.” Papa is from Mullins, West Virginia.
Once we arrived in Jackson, we passed by all the hotels, got lost, asked for directions, and finally found a Quality Inn to stay at. Papa made our hotel choice by checking out the breakfast menu. We get free: biscuits and gravy, waffles, pancakes, toast, bagels, cereal, juice, oatmeal (though we know Papa isn’t going to choose that), fruit, and coffee. I can’t wait until the sun rises!