This month, we officially spent our longest stretch apart since we got married. 25 days, but who was counting? (Me. And Ralph. And Scott.)
Scott is (still) attending training at Maxwell Air Force Base for Squadron Officer School until the end of February. At first, in his absence it was nice to be able to focus on some personal projects like my blog and an extensive Goodreads to-read list, plus I had a long-anticipated trip to Nashville with my girlfriends on the books. But then a terrible cold struck and long days spent laying around watching Suits made me miss my constant companion all the more. Ralph is great at keeping me company, but he’s just not nearly as chatty as Scott.
Finally, it was time to board a plane bound for Alabama and see my sweetheart. While he went to class, I wandered around downtown Montgomery, touring Civil Rights museums and snapping photos of countless landmarks.
The city is an interesting blend of old brick architecture and new restaurants, with Confederate history displayed alongside Civil Rights memorials. For every occupied building it seemed there were two vacant ones, but the streets were clean and wide, and occasionally (while dropping quarters into a parking meter) you’d half-expect to bump into Martin Luther King, Jr. on the sidewalk.
Scroll on down for links to some of the places I’d definitely recommend visiting.
In just two short weeks, I’ll fly to Montgomery again for Scott’s graduation and then we’ll make the long drive back to Del Rio. A one-night stop in New Orleans is on the books, though, and this Southern girl is ready for more old buildings and fabulous down-home cookin’.
In the meantime, I’ll be working, reading, writing and convincing Ralph that he’s not stuck with just his mama forever. Our favorite person in the world will be home before we know it.