The original plan for today had been to relax in the early part of the day, since we’re going to the Grand Ole Opry tonight. But after my husband and his father went out to buy new batteries for Dad’s camera, we apparently decided on Plan B.
I didn’t know there was a plan B. But my husband and Dad thought it was too nice out to stay in the room all day. While they were probably right, I’d have been happy to do it. Sometimes I need a bit more rest, what with the fibromyalgia. But when Mom decided she would go, too, I figured it was stupid to make them come all the way back to pick me up for dinner after they went to the museum. So I got off my butt and went too.
The first part of Plan B was a visit to the Hermitage, the homestead of President Andrew Jackson. No, they don’t give out $20 bills as souvenirs. But it is an excellent tour and an extremely well preserved home. Mom actually accepted the offer of a wheelchair again. I was so surprised! Maybe she was thinking that she didn’t want to wear herself out before the Opry. In addition to the home, we toured the grounds, saw replicas of the old slave quarters, and enjoyed the beautiful gardens. There is a small family cemetery in a corner of the formal gardens, as well as the graves of President Jackson and his beloved wife Rachel. Mom and Dad thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Dad kept remarking, “I think this is the best place like this we’ve ever been to – and we’ve been to a bunch!” I suspect the gorgeous weather, sunny with a bit of a breeze and temps in the low 70’s didn’t hurt.
After our tour, we decided to head to Steak’n’Shake for dinner. Mom and Dad had never been to one before (you don’t find them in New England, where they do most of their traveling). My husband and I had never been to one that was as friendly and well run as the one we visited today on Old Hickory Blvd, Hermitage, TN. We highly recommend it. So do Mom and Dad! They enjoyed the food, of course, but the real treats were the milk shakes. They raved about it all the way back to the hotel.
I would really find it difficult to decide which Mom and Dad liked best – the tour or the meal. But it was another good day. I don’t have to worry about the evening being good. Who wouldn’t like to have seats 3 rows from the stage of any concert, let alone the Grand Ole Opry?