J.T. Glisson and sailing, fishing, exploring

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Montgomery Presbyterian Center

Flag of United States  , Florida
Tuesday, March 15, 2011

"The Bridge was the common meeting place. It was really the capital of Cross Creek, and we only grudgingly recognized the state and national capitals in Tallahassee and Washington.  In our thinking the proud old structure was a point of beginning with everything at the Creek lying to the east or west, making it sort of Greenwich in our world."            
                                        -J.T. Glisson,
The Creek

We started the day with a
very nice breakfast of sausage and egg casserole and French toast.  Our guest speaker, J.T. Glisson, arrived early and I had a chance to introduce myself to him as his biggest fan. He spoke from 9-12 with a short break in the middle, telling stories of his growing-up years at "the Creek."  I enjoyed it very much, possibly more than anyone else, since I had read The Creek three times and could anticipate much of what he shared.  Of course, there were some details that I did not know.  At the break, I asked Mr. Glisson, sometimes known as Jake, if he would tell about the time he asked Marjorie Rawlings to speak at his high school. I thought it was an interesting and humorous story.  He said to remind him when he returned on Friday but he did include it in part 2 of his talk. Naturally I had him autograph my copy of The Creek.

After he spoke, Mr. Glisson was invited to stay for lunch.  I decided to be brave and ask him to sit with us, which he did.  Very cool!  I was able to ask him a few questions but forced myself to stifle and let him eat, too!  It turned out that it was his birthday, March 15. Dawn and Joe had a decorated cake for him with candles, an 8 with 4 singles symbolizing 84.  Everyone sang "Happy Birthday" and I grabbed my Iphone to take a few pictures. It was delightful to share that personal time with him.

The rest of the afternoon was free.  We walked part way around the lake.  John took his fishing pole, "wet the line" a bit but caught nothing.  A little later, John went sailing with Cal and I just vegged for a while, sitting on our little porch and reading or writing in my journal. It was a lovely day to be outside.

Another excellent dinner---BBQ ribs and all the trimmings.  Our evening entertainment was a concert by David Beede, a young musician and folk singer.  He proved to be very talented and funny. He brought many instruments, some he had made himself. He performed about an hour and everyone enjoyed it immensely.

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