Today after mom’s physical therapy appointment we drove a few more miles up the road to Kimberling City and had breakfast at a mom and pop diner called Ma’s Place. Behind the register on the wall was a flag shadow box surrounded by a dozen photographs of Veterans. The tables and chairs were metal-framed with brown vinyl seats (the same as those typically used in church fellowship areas, and at the VFW AA meetings I attended in town). The hostess asked Mom and I if we wanted to sit in smoking or non-smoking. (As of July 2018, Missouri is one of the 12 states that still allow smoking in restaurants.) The place was packed and the food was good in a WAFFLE HOUSE sort of way.
A few hundred yards further up from Ma’s Diner is the library, so we drove up to return a book and peruse the used books for sale. I scooped up seven for $7.75, and mom picked up eight mass market paperbacks for dad for $2. I’m happy to have found Memoirs of a Geisha and The Da Vinci Code to add to my The Great American Read collection. And I was also happy to see this: