On this Fourth of July my daughter, grandson, and I arrived in St.Joseph, MO. My mom and dad met and married here.
This is Francis Street Methodist where they were married.
We drove down Ashland Avenue and found the house where Mom lived when she met Dad. When I was little, Aunt Julia and Grandma lived in this house. It has one of those old, elegant wooden staircases and bannister which I loved to slide down. When it was hot like today and I visited them, we would sleep on the summer porch on the second floor. This house had a huge back yard where lots of mint grew. Grandma would make me mint tea with cream. On the north side then, she grew lots of Lillies6 of the Valley. When I think of her I remember their heavenly fragrance.