Memphis reminds me of Birmingham… lots of traffic and lots of great restaurants. This last weekend my husband, Bryan, and I made an emergency trip to Memphis. It was one of those love/hate, excited/dreading, I can’t wait to go/I can’t believe we’re going kind-of trips.
Our son was car-less, walking the streets, (interstates), of Memphis. Talk about a near melt down. If I did not have the deep relationship I have with God, I would’ve lost it.
Ever been there?
But instead of focusing on the negative, we decided to enjoy our trip, enjoy our son, and enjoy all that Memphis offered.
Amazing what a change of attitude can do. You don’t have to give in to your feelings or let them carry you away with fear, anger, hate, unforgiveness, hopelessness, or any other emotion. You get to decide how you act or don’t act, what thoughts to let in or not. You’re in charge!
My son took us to several local restaurants, all terrific. We toured some of the neighborhoods, and if you are from one of them please let me know. Some of my favorite areas included; Germantown, Midtown, and Collierville. Many of the homes were beautiful and reminded me of our previous home in Trussville, Alabama, and all the neighboring areas such as; Homewood, Moutain Brook, and Hoover.
For our fist night, our son took us to Huey’s in Germantown. I had the chicken sliders with fries and loaded potato soup on the side. The food was delicious, the atmosphere dimer and louder than most family restaurants. Definitely targeted toward the young single career crowd. But for the three of us, the price was very affordable, $10 per person, with everyone full afterwards.
After visiting the place where we had to “junk our ride,” we ate at a local’s favorite, Central BBQ, in downtown Memphis know as Midtown. I got a kick out of the flying pigs display. It wasn’t a disappointment and worth the extra travel time. The pulled pork sandwich was my choice and the boys raved so much about the baked beans, I had to try them as well. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a restaurant where the backed beans were my favorite.
Finally, Mr. Larry at Midtown Auto Parts took great care of our dead Volvo. If you need any towing or parts around the Memphis area, be sure to look him up. He made a stressful situation smooth.
As far as our son walking around in Memphis again, it happened sooner than we expected as the Tahoe we left behind for him blew out a tire. But so many strangers gave him a helping hand and that makes a mama that’s several hours away very grateful.
It makes me think twice when I see someone walking after passing a broken down vehicle. I wonder whose child that is and how can I help.
One things for sure, he had someone watching over him. Hopefully my next adventure of Walking in Memphis will include more restaurants and less junk yards. Until then, keep your fingers crossed and your prayers going for no more broken down vehicles.