May 14th, 2014 / posted by paularath
Dorothy Wilkinson and Jerry Mayfield

Dorothy Wilkinson and Jerry Mayfield

We spent the past four days with Jerry’s lovely sister, Dorothy Wilkinson, and her husband Tom. They live in Plano, Texas, and their hospitality is legendary. We spent the entire time doing fun family things.

Dorothy and Tom have five grandchildren and they are all athletes. During football season they can hardly keep up with the games of Caleb, Connor and Cade. They are the sons of Curtis, the twin brother of Cory. Now it’s baseball season and they spent much of Mother’s Day weekend with their daughter Cynthia’s children, Kate and Brett, who play softball and baseball respectively.

We went to Brett’s game (he is just seven years old and shows a lot of promise, as does 11-year-old Kate) and he was selected player of the game.  Here he is with the “award ball.”

Brett Yanof - remember that name!

Brett Yanof – remember that name!

Dorothy and Tom are super supportive grandparents and are very close to all the kids. Here they are at Brett’s game:

Dorothy and Tom Wilkinson

Dorothy and Tom Wilkinson

On Saturday, we visited Downtown Dallas, which is being transformed into a center for the arts. There’s a bridge over the freeway that has been turned into a large park that is mainly kid-friendly. The kids were loving all the fountains to play in on a hot day.

We then went to the Farmer’s Market, which has whole blocks devoted to flowers, vegetables and assorted home grown and home made goodies. I couldn’t resist the local cheese, which of course has chili infused into it! There was also a cute guy selling Grandma Nana’s granola and another with a just a few pieces of Cajun Pralines left – a recipe from his great grandma, he said – and laced with cayenne that has a real kick! We are in chili heaven….

Just one section of the Dallas Flower Mart - it's huge, like everything in Texas.

Just one section of the Dallas Flower Mart – it’s huge, like everything in Texas.

Habanero cheese from the Dutch Cheesemaking Company of Dallas.

Habanero cheese from the Dutch Cheesemaking Company of Dallas.

On Monday, we went to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. It’s a well organized and attractive building with lots of interactive opportunities. I think our favorite was our stint with the computerized decision making interactive “game” that let you make decisions such as how to proceed with Iraq or Katrina. It’s sort of like second-guessing Bush’s decisions after the fact.

Metal from the World Trade Center, 9/11.

Metal from the World Trade Center, 9/11.

The most moving part of the museum was the section devoted to 9/11. Behind that twisted piece of metal are the names of all the Americans who died on 9/11. It really affected us deeply.

– Paula Rath

 

 

 

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