I have been working for a year without leave, and although I had no plans for vacation, my boss called me in and put me on five days of compulsory leave.

I was at home the first day. However, on the second day, I visited parks and walk-trails. The third day was spent in cinemas and the fourth day; I slept a lot until Clara called. She lives in Jackson Mississippi and has always wanted me to visit her, but I haven’t had the time. Immediately she heard I was on leave, so I couldn’t escape her.

She practically talked my ears off about the meals I needed to taste in Jackson along with the history I need to connect with and the people I had to meet. So, I thought, “Why not?” I planned on spending the weekend at my parents in New Orleans anyway, so I will make a stopover in Jackson for a day.

The next day I traveled to Jackson and got there by 9 am. My first thought was, “This city has some history.” The air was different. I felt a calm you only get when you come home after a hard day’s work, and that got me primed for all the energy I could tap into as I made my way to Clara’s.

Clara did all the driving as we made our way around the city. Our first stop was “Cups on Capitol” where she grabbed two cups of coffee. Our next stop was the state Capitol Building. It’s beautiful I fell in love with the architecture at first sight and learned it was opened in 1903, I sort of wished I lived in Jackson. It seems like a great town to wake up and go to sleep in and get captured in its history.

Anyhow, we grabbed an early lunch at Lou’s Full-Serv. The number 7 hamburger I had with deliciously seasoned meat, accompanied by the outstanding sauce and everything else that came with the burger is fabulous, as are the onion rings.

We moved on to the Old Capitol Museum when I couldn’t stop going on about it. I was blown away. Built in 1839, it is the oldest building. It’s filled with history, so we took the time to explore and take pictures.

.I have always believed if you want to know a group of people, you should check their Art. The Mississippi Museum of Art practically told me everything I needed to know about Jackson. The art exhibitions had me gawking, and I particularly loved the permanent collection.

Our next stop was Eudora Welty House and Garden, another historic site. It was nice to learn about the great American author on a personal level, and it felt like she was still there.

We had dinner at Walker’s Drive-In, and I couldn’t be more grateful Clara saved the best restaurant for the last. I cleaned my plate! And I wished I had a bigger stomach so I could eat more of their food.

The day was wrapped up with an overnight at LeFleur’s Bluff State Park, and I don’t think I have had a better day. I will definitely visit Jackson again.

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