I stopped at Mississippi Industrial College last July on the way home from Memphis. I only had my iPhone with me, but I had been enamored of this location since the first time I drove past it in 2003 on my first trip to Memphis;
A few weeks ago, there was a post about the damage to Catherine Hall from a storm. I am currently following a preservation blog in MS (check the blogroll to the side of this blog), and there was a request for any updated photos to the site as a result of the damage. This is the same site, almost a year later.
That out of the way, here is the interest to me: regular followers know J has been fairly ill this last year. I was about to leave today--camera slung over my shoulder--when he asked where I was going. I explained, and invited him to come with me. Holly Springs is only about 30 minutes from here, and he decided to join me. We had an enjoyable conversation on the drive over, ranging from his health issues to my interest in history and the misspres blog, and the reason for my trip over.
He gave me great resources for locating vintage preservation photos. He shared his latest work news (I cannot share here, as it is still under development) which was really exciting to me as he moves forward in his endeavors. It reminded me of when he was a young boy and would come into my room and plop himself on the end of the bed while I was working on my dissertation. It did not matter to me if I was at a moment of inspiration or understanding. I would put my notes down, and wait. It was a moment I might never have again.
Today was one of those days...a moment I might never have again. He was willing to drive with me to Holly Springs...to tell me about his work...to listen to my current passion...to just be...