My 16-year-old nephew is visiting from California, and discovered he knows more about Alabama than he thought...and certainly more than me. Passing the town of Bessemer on the way home from the airport, he pointed out that Sir Harry Bessemer invented an eponymous process for the mass production of steel.
Yesterday we went to Moundville, the excavated remains of a large settlement of Mississippian Indians from 1000-1450 A.D., which he had studied in school. They just failed to mention that it was in Alabama.
He had the patience to sit through a 17-minute documentary about the site before we took off, on foot, for a tour. Never mind that it was raining and we had not brought umbrellas. If you look real close at the photo, you can see him on top of one of the mounds. Aunt Mary took the flat road.
I rewarded him with lunch at Miss Melissa's, introducing him to a typical "meat and three" lunch, with peanutbutter pie for dessert.
Only in Alabama...