J. T. returns and a visit to Marjorie's grave

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Montgomery Presbyterian Center

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Friday, March 18, 2011

"My father told me, 'If any man calls you a liar and you don't knock hell out of him, I'll kick your behind even if I am a hundred years old and you're seventy-five.' Faced with that predicament, I am careful about what I say or write.  Even as children all of us that grew up at the Creek learned to be cautious of what we said around outsiders."        
                                            J. T. Glisson,
The Creek

The last day of our program had arrived and that is always rather disappointing.  After breakfast, J.T. Glisson spoke again.  He had some more very entertaining stories, a few I knew from The Creek and others had to do with his flying adventures and how he met his wife, Pat.  (Pat came with him this time and she seemed to be very nice.)  I soon realized many of these stories came from a second book, Guardian Angel 911, which I had not read and really had not known existed until Mr. Glisson brought it with him.  Of course, I purchased it and had him autograph it, too.

J.T. brought prints to sell today.  We bought 3 and he signed them.  The largest is Dance of the Sandhill Cranes and the other two are native Florida birds with Marjorie's Cross Creek home in the background.  I intended to have them framed and to hang them in our bedroom.
J.T. invited us to come up to his home in Hawthorne for a visit; he said he'd take us out on the lake in his boat.  He also gave us directions to Antioch Cemetery, the site of Marjorie's grave.

We had lunch, said our fond farewells and left Montgomery Presbyerian Center for points south. John humored me by going out of the way to Antioch Cemetery.  We thought we were never going to find it---dirt roads, poorly marked---that place is a destination for sure!  When we finally found the cemetery we located Marjorie's grave right away.  The deer figures are very distinctive, in honor of her Pulitzer-prize winning novel, The Yearling, of course. The inscription was written by her second husband, Norton Baskin: "Through her writing she endeared herself to the people of the world."

A few photos later I was ready to head home.
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