Our Amazing Houseguest

Having a houseguest can sometimes be pure joy. That’s the case with Zeek and me right now. His Mom, from Amman, Jordan, is visiting with us. Her smiling, happy face and tinkling laughter make our house even happier than ever. We laugh together as we share memories and tell stories. And don’t forget, she prepares amazing meals for us! She loves walking about in our garden every morning and has taken on the task of watering the flowers.

The lush, green landscape both awes and overwhelms her. Coming from a nation dominated by desert, she is quite unused to the vegetation here. The amount of water we use on a daily basis is somewhat shocking to her, and even more so when we tell her of the low cost of using all that water.

Most of all, I think, she loves spending time with her son after a nearly five-year separation. Even though they speak on the phone daily, nothing quite takes the place of being together physically. My new favorite pastime is sitting back, watching their interaction. It delights my heart.

Last weekend, we took her to Chattanooga, Tennessee to visit the aquarium. It was a quick trip, but one she enjoyed immensely. As a result, we enjoyed it even more because she was with us. Enjoy the pictures and stay tuned for more travels with Zeek’s Mama.


In the Butterfly House


Bored Shark


She didn’t care for this ol’ fella at all!


Late lunch at City Cafe. Lovely food and great service!


Under the flags on Tennessee River


And finally, our newly naturalized citizen!



About Ol' Big Jim

Ol' Big Jim, has been a storekeeper, an embalmer, a hospital orderly, a medical biller, and through it all, a teller of tall tales. Many of his stories, like his first book, New Yesterdays, are set in his hometown of Piedmont, Alabama. For seven years, he lived in the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, Amman, Jordan where he spends his time trying to visit each one of the thousands of Ammani coffee shops and scribbling in his ever-present notebook. These days, you can find him back stateside, still filling notebooks.
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7 Responses to Our Amazing Houseguest

  1. Kim Melton says:

    I always enjoy your stories but especially loved hearing about Zeeks mom. Sooo loved the pics! Love you guys. Tell mom I love her too. Maybe I’ll get to meet her someday.

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  2. Super post, Jim. Loved the City Cafe photo where the top of your head is in the mirror. Y’all look like you are having a good time.

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  3. Teresa E Williams says:

    Beautiful story and pictures Jim.

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