A Week by the Mississippi

We spent last week in the Mississippi River valley communities of Rock Island, Illinois—where my sister Barb and her family have lived for some 20 years, and where my Mom now lives; and Muscatine, Iowa, where I spent my middle school and high school years and where my sister Patti and her family live.

We had a great week.  It is good and important to spend time with family—time filled with moments of nostalgia, commiseration, and hysteria.  Returning to this area where I spent developmental years of my life I’m always reminded how beautiful it is, with the lush cornfields leaning toward long vistas; the land dropping dramatically to the mighty river, prominently in so many views.

In addition to visiting Mom, which I’ve written about, we also attended a get-together with my high school class (Class of 72), enjoyed the small town charms of Rock Island, had a campfire, benefited from Barb and Ray’s hospitality, and traded many stories with sisters and brothers in law and cousins and nieces and nephews aplenty. It had been some 20 months since our last Quad Cities area visit. It was well worth the long drive.


About Jim Jewell

I am a writer and consultant on faith and public life, active for many years in management and communications in the evangelical community. I now work as the director of the nonprofit practice at The Valcort Group (www.valcort.com). Everything on this blog, however, is my personal opinion and is not read or approved before it is posted. Opinions, conclusions and other information expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Valcort.
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