I’m linking up with Kat again this week where she gives a list of prompts to choose. I’ve lived discontentedly in Missouri for nearly 20 years because I’m a proud southern born, bred and raised girl. (Ask my hubby, he’ll tell ya) I love sweet tea, fried chicken and grits. In an effort to be more satisfied and content with Missouri, I decided to write about 10 things I love about my state. And you know something? Writing this has shown me that I really do love living in Missouri. Don’t get me wrong, I still hate Missouri winters but that’s not Missouri’s fault. Thanks, Kat!
These are not in any particular order.
- I love our Mid Continent Public Library. It is among the best library systems in the country. It’s got the most volumes in Missouri and ranks among the top 20 in the nation. It is also home to a pretty amazing genealogy library. (source: Wikipedia). It makes life easier for a home educating family on a limited budget.
- Saint Louis is home to many fantastical attractions. Among them a really great zoo and the Saint Louis Arch which represents the gateway to the west. When we’re traveling it also tells us that we’re in our home state as cross the Illinois/Missouri border. St. Louis is also home to the City Museum. This place is not your normal museum. It’s indescribable. You know the saying, “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure?” The man that created City Museum used junk from many places to create a treasure that has been enjoyed by people all over the globe. If you are ever in St. Louis, just do it! You won’t regret it one minute. Here’s a description from their website:
Housed in the 600,000 square-foot former International Shoe Company, the museum is an eclectic mixture of children’s playground, funhouse, surrealistic pavilion, and architectural marvel made out of unique, found objects. The brainchild of internationally acclaimed artist Bob Cassilly, a classically trained sculptor and serial entrepreneur, the museum opened for visitors in 1997 to the riotous approval of young and old alike. https://www.citymuseum.org/visit/about/
- We might not have our 2 oldest children had we not lived in Missouri. Our four children are adopted, but the two youngest we found on the internet, so in principle, we could have lived anywhere. The two oldest we found out about by old fashioned word of mouth. Isaac’s birth mother lived across the border in Kansas. Hannah’s birth family did too. Her birth mother would never have agreed to an out of area adoption.
- The Ozark mountains. We’ve stayed in Branson many times, but had the opportunity to visit the quieter side of the mountains last year. We stayed in Kimberling City and it reminded me quite a lot of The Smokies with its beautiful trees, lakes, and creeks.
- Independence is the home of Harry S. Truman, the 33rd President of the United States. According to a C-Span poll, he ranks 5th in popularity among our Presidents.
- Missouri is smack dab in the middle of the country. The heartland, it is also flat land, although not as flat and boring as Kansas. Our house faces east and I believe we have some of the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets I’ve ever seen (except in Hawaii). It’s also been a great place to see many rainbows this year, and several double rainbows. The sun peeps above the horizon in shades of pale pink then as the circle rises, orange and yellow join in. Sunsets can flood the sky with various shades of deep orange, purple, pink and red.
- I also love Kansas City’s skyline. There’s a road in Independence that runs east and west. There’s a little hill as one drives west, the skyline in the distant is pretty. There is a good balance of tall buildings and shorter buildings. Since it’s to the west, it’s especially beautiful if one God happens to grace us with one of those awesome sunsets.
- Missouri has a beautiful Capitol. It sits on the river. There’s a spot where a shark’s tooth is buried in the floor. Yes, a real live shark’s tooth embedded in the building of the Capitol. How many state Capitols can make that claim? There are beautiful murals, some painted by Thomas Hart Benton and one that has a change in perspective, I believe it’s called The Bridge of Progress. As you walk in front of it, it appears to move. The Senate lounge also boasts an amazing painting that represents the history and people of Missouri. There is also whispering chamber in the dome. If you’re lucky, you’ll get to take a trip up and sing Amazing Grace with a great group of young people. And if you make it to Jefferson City, you definitely want to make time to swing by Central Dairy for ice cream.
- And I know I said there were no favorites, but I stretched the truth a little. Kansas City has got to have the best eats in the country; at least when we’re talking BBQ eats. The Gas Station BBQ restaurant called Joe’s. Yep. They still serve gas on the other side of the building. And if you have an aversion to that, they’ve got a couple of other locations to serve you. But who wouldn’t want to eat at the original? I’ll be honest, I haven’t tried it yet, mainly cause they’re quite a drive from us…but they’re on my list because they’ve gotten several awards for their grub. Locally owned Zarda has the best bbq sausage and for those that enjoy baked beans, I’m told they’re favorites among baked bean connoisseurs. They also serve up a mean plate of BBQ chicken. Shane like’s L.C’s, if he’s gonna bring it home, but hands down Fiorella’s Jack Stack BBQ is my most favorite bbq in the metro. The Martin City location is the original location and offers a Martin City Special if you ask for it, ’cause it’s not on the menu. It’s a mix of beef, pork and lamb ribs that’ll leave you leftovers to nibble for days. I have it served up with some of the best cheesy corn you’ve ever tasted and steak fries. Oh and let’s not forget the gigantic Fried Shroom’s served on skewers and a stack of Onion Rings.
And that’s my list of 10 things I love about Missouri. Thanks again Kat! I needed some perspective.