Ramblin Woman #4

Butterbean likes me — it’s the camera she’s leery of.

What says Tennessee better than

This?

Crossville has a beautiful new library.  That’s Crab Orchard stone.

Gary & Pam gave me a personal tour

The craftsmanship is stunning


There’s comfort in every nook

And just off the Tennessee Reading room is a front porch replete with rockers

But my favorite part was

story hour  in the Children’s Library

There was even dancing


Well, I just loved it. Everything about it. When a community invests in its library it’s making a statement about what it wants to be recognized for — books, art, music.

The fun continued up the road in Lebanon where Brent was preparing bananna, peanut butter and honey sandwiches — grilled, Elvis style.

And Maggie was literally climbing the walls


While Anna & Jack showed off their hula skills

Jack did read us one of my favorite stories

There was even brief history & geography lessons from the girls

And lunch with the entire crew

After lunch and cups of Barista Brent’s brew


There was a trip out back to see the playhouse Brent is building, but then we said goodbye.  There was one more stop to make.

Sweet Miz Campbell. “I don’t believe I would have recognized you,” she said.  Since I last saw her, Miz Campbell lost her husband and her son. In fact, she’s outlived all three of her children. “He was never sick a day in his life,” Miz Campbell said of her son Richard, who died recently of a massive heart attack.  “My mind ain’t much,” she added, “but I’d like to keep what little I got.”  She’s sharp enough to tell me the steps to making her famous fried apple pies: “I make a biscuit dough and roll it out to the thickness I want. I use self-rising flour. I cut me a square about yea-big. I put me a cup of dried apples, seasoned with sugar and cinnamon. Then I fold it over. Some people use a fork to squeeze it off but I always use my hands. Get the grease real hot. I just use Crisco and fry them up in a Teflon pan.”

Miz Campbell told me one more thing: “I haven’t put my teeth in since the last time you was here. My granddaughter told me to be sure and wear my teeth when you came to visit.”

About Karen Spears Zacharias

Author. Speaker. Journalism Instructor. Four kids. Three dogs. One grandson.

  • http://wayiseeit-eleanor.blogspot.com/ Eleanor

    Okay, first, I love love love the childrens’ area of that library, and second? I love love love anybody who says “yay big.”

  • Gloria

    Thanks for taking us with you on your travels!


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