A very special week off

Even innkeepers need some time off, and when needed, we take time off.

This next week we’ve closed the inn, but this time off is very special. The picture below shows what we went through a year ago.

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My entire family including us were in Joplin last year. The pile of rubble in the background is what was left of my son’s house, and the little laundry room that saved 9 of us. We had just sat down for an important dinner and never had a chance to enjoy it. I even bought a special bottle of port to enjoy with dinner. At 5:41 the EF5 tornado hit, and all of our lives changed.

In digging through the rubble, a week later, my son found the bottle of port, in tact. A month later, on a visit down to help we opened that bottle, toasted to being, and my son named it tornado port. Since then, every month on the 22nd my wife and I stop what we are doing and a 5:41 have a toast celebrating “being”, with a glass of port.

This Tuesday will mark the one year anniversary of that dreadful event and my intention is to have a glass of port, at 5:41 at that location. This time we will be in my son’s almost completed new house, but all of us will be there. Together. Celebrating being.


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