Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Eudora Welty

"I am a writer who came of a sheltered life. A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. For all serious daring starts from within."
-Eudora Welty

We went up to Jackson, Mississippi to visit Eudora Welty's home today. Eudora Welty was a fiction writer. She was also a photographer, painter, gardener, friend and world traveler. She had the most amazing life and I can't wait to go the the library and borrow her biography. She never married and I think she must have had some secret (to me) lovers. I must say, I want her house and her life and her accomplishments. I can't wait to take Miss Buffy to meet my new favorite lady. The house was surrounded by gardens that Eudora's mother designed and planted. There was also a clubhouse that her brothers built that I was so fascinated with. I think every child should have a clubhouse especially a nice one like that. Eudora liked the clubhouse because it was the only place she was allowed to chew gum (plus it was cool).

The house has been preserved to look like she had just stepped out. Her family donated the contents of the house to the state of Mississippi. I wish I had known Eudora. She sounds like she was a really cool lady.

Dan and his parents look nice in the garden.

Dan's Mommy is super cute. We took turns reading "A Worn Path", one of her short stories, on the ride up there.

We had to leave Mom and Dad at the motel in Jackson and rush home for Young Womens. Dan taught the girls CPR for Girls Camp. I was the Resuscitation Annie doll.

They gave us this fan and let me tell you, it came in handy. It is so gross and humid here.
We are sad tonight because Dan's parents left. We had so much fun touring Mississippi with them. We watched Walk the Line and listened to Johnny Cash in the car. I love hearing their stories and seeing Dan with his parents. We had a lovely week and I am so happy that they were able to come see us.


Katherine said...

I want to read one of her books now.

Anonymous said...

It looks so fun. I want to go even more now!


Anonymous said...

I read "Death of a Traveling Salesman" in college. I just looked it up and remembered. opps. She reminds me of Flannery O'Conner for some reason, so I get them confused.


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