jacksonville, florida

Our final zag led us to familiar territory and familiar faces. I had just seen my brother, John (Johnny to me), at the wedding only a week earlier, but it was still wonderful to see him again. It was the first time for us to see his most recent home on the St. John’s River.

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And Mauri and I think we have a big house for two people. I’ve mentioned this Steinway piano in a previous post but will make special note of it again. It was my mother’s piano back in our youth when Mauri would come over to rehearse together, sharing the bench.

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We settled into the comforts of Johnny’s beautiful home and might have happily stayed here the whole visit. . .

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. . . were it not for wanting to see the rest of our Jacksonville family. We spent quite a bit of time around tables in restaurants with these fine folks, Kevin and Cheryl. Kevin is my brother’s son.

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Kevin has a mother too, Suzie, who lives nearby. We are always thankful for the peaceful relationship she and Johnny maintain, making all of us at ease when we come for a visit.

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When we visit Jacksonville, there are two absolutes.

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Sweet tea being one.

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The other—a drive to St. Augustine for the infamous Shrimp Buster at Barnacle Bill’s. (Some day I’ll do a series of similar photos taken over the course of the past 30 years.)

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One of Kevin and Cheryl’s three daughters hadn’t arrived yet, but we let a passing customer take this picture anyway.

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We know what we’re in for!

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Good times! Our zigging and zagging complete, we now face the long, straighter drive back north.

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