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Thank You, Stephen King!

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Walking the Natchez Trace has been a lonely business, filled with thousands of minutes of angst. Of anger. Of discouragement.

Then Stephen King invited me to dinner.

I sat at a welcoming table with him and his wife. Over grilled salmon and asparagus with some of the best salad I’ve ever had, we talked about family. Connections. The historical challenges of the Natchez Trace. The diversity that can happen within the bounds of one state.

Oh, and we talked about my book, too.

I’m grateful to have been given a respite from the insides of hotel rooms, from the solitude of the great outdoors. Thank you, Stephen and Mary Howard, for making me feel normal for a few hours on a Friday night.

Stephen King is a veterinarian in Tupelo, Mississippi. I met him through my friendship with his sister, Angie King Keesee.

(If you share this post on Twitter and add @StephenKing, who knows what other Stephen King might see it………)

Click here to see the best photos from a rest day on my Natchez Trace 444-mile walk: Andra Watkins Tumblr

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Today’s Reader Question. It’s buggy.

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67 Comments Post a comment
  1. Happy birthday, Andra! Here’s a huge hug from the Midwest!

    March 24, 2014
    • Thanks, Linda. It’s been a great day………other than Dad has disappeared with the car……..

      March 24, 2014
  2. Happy birthday, darling! What a lovely house that is!

    March 24, 2014
    • It’s the Tupelo City Hall. 🙂 I know you know a lot about Elvis. Stay tuned tomorrow.

      Also, I got your e-book today. Can’t wait to dive in.

      March 24, 2014
  3. Too funny, and Happy Birthday! Glad you had a good time at the pet cemetery. 😉

    March 24, 2014
    • Ha. The pets were all nice and well-behaved. Not at all what one would expect from pets of Stephen King.

      March 24, 2014
  4. Happy Birthday! I bet this is one birthday you will always remember 🙂

    I just love your reader questions – thank you for showing those. Oh, and I really like seeing budding and flowering bushes/trees in the background. Spring hasn’t hit northeast Indiana yet unfortunately. We are expecting a small snowfall tomorrow 😦

    March 24, 2014
    • Thanks, Pamela.

      I’m trying to snap as many spring flowers as I can, for all the folks still stuck with winter. They’re sparse here, though. I hope you don’t get any snow.

      March 24, 2014
  5. Happy Birthday to you! I’m so glad Mr. King served you such a lovely dinner. And I love the video animation / card whirling into view at the hands of MTM.

    March 24, 2014
    • He’s so creative. 🙂 Thanks for the birthday wishes.

      March 24, 2014
  6. Happy Birthday, Andra!

    March 24, 2014
  7. My business professor was Stephen King. It was a horrifying class. 🙂

    March 24, 2014
  8. Debbie #

    Happy Birthday Andra!

    March 24, 2014
  9. Happy Birthday, Andra! And thank you so much for answering my question 🙂

    March 24, 2014
  10. I can’t wait to hear how you pull today off (as it were). Happy Birthday.

    March 24, 2014
  11. You had me going for a minute. Happy Birthday! It’s nice to see the sun on your face. I hope the bugs hold off until you have finished.

    March 24, 2014
    • Me, too (because you’ll be here.) Thanks for the birthday wishes.

      March 24, 2014
      • Yeah, and I’ll be BUGGING YOU enough. BWAHAHAHAHA!

        March 24, 2014
  12. Just had my birthday and had a wonderful time. I’m wishing you one equal to, or better.

    March 24, 2014
    • My feet are up now, and Mom is going to get me some dinner, so I’ll take what I can get. Thanks, Jim.

      March 24, 2014
  13. Happy birthday Andra! Looks like you got flowers. What is blooming behind you that’s got the bees so interested?

    March 24, 2014
    • I’m not sure what that was, Lisa. It smelled really good. Thanks for the birthday wishes.

      March 24, 2014
  14. I knew you were being trixy with your name dropping! Trixy, trixy Andra. 😉

    March 24, 2014
  15. Did they have a dog named Cujo?

    March 24, 2014
  16. Congrats on meeting, King, and happy birthday, dear Andra. Mine is the day after tomorrow. So the Inca Trail is next, right?

    Hugs from Ecuador,
    Kathy

    March 24, 2014
    • I’d love to do the Inca Trail. 🙂 Hope you and Sara have a lovely day on your birthday, Kathy.

      March 24, 2014
  17. tarakianwarrior #

    The best salad…ever? What made it so very special (besides the company)? Your on the downhill side of the numbers there Missy….so awesome, even though you’re climbing. 😉 Thinking of you. Pulling for you. PROUD of you.

    March 24, 2014
    • I think it was the dressing. She also made the best brownies I’ve ever had. I’m still eating them.

      Big, big hill climbed today. I think Wednesday will be even worse.

      March 24, 2014
  18. tarakianwarrior #

    Oh, and last but not least………….HAPPY BIRTHDAY ANDRA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 24, 2014
  19. Happy, happy birthday Andra! Wishing you a bug-free rest of your trek. And a decadent deep tissue massage. And no more blisters!!

    March 24, 2014
    • I wish I could find a decent deep tissue massage in Belmont, MS……..going to have to wait til Nashville for that one. 🙂 Thanks for the birthday wishes, Nancy.

      March 24, 2014
  20. Happy Birthday, Andra!

    March 24, 2014
  21. You share a birthday with my dear mother! Feliz, feliz to you! 🙂

    March 24, 2014
  22. Dang IT. You got me good there, you. I was almost Carried away there because I though King moved from where he’s at now to along the Trace. Hmmm. Normally, I wouldn’t Stand for this sort of behavior, but it is your birthday, the sun is Shining and you’re allowed one day free of Misery on The Long Walk you’re on.

    I guess it’s great that it’s spring now, as in Different Seasons, you’d be burning or freezing yourself. Still, I’d bet this trip makes you Thinner if not less likely to want to walk more than two blocks without some sort of phantom pain or other unusual feeling creeping into your legs and feet.

    Oh, speaking of birthdays… I said I was going to bake you a cake, but let’s just say things got a bit… problematic here:

    March 24, 2014
    • This is clearly the best comment of all time. PUNS!

      March 24, 2014
    • I have to agree with Jennie. EXCELLENT.

      March 24, 2014
      • (*beet*) Aw… thanks (*beet!*) Cujo be kidding me? I was half asleep when I wrote that reply (a bout of Insomnia around four Past Midnight)… 😀

        March 24, 2014
  23. Happy Birthday Andra! Way to go on your huge (literally and figuratively) journey.

    March 24, 2014
  24. Brilliant! You certainly piqued my interest with that name drop! And birthday happies to you and your feet. 🙂

    March 24, 2014
  25. You had me there for a minute, too, with that Stephen King header…. 🙂

    Happy Birthday — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CfZOeVhcQ4

    March 24, 2014
    • Thanks, Karen. (The things we have to do to get attention around here. 🙂 )

      March 24, 2014
  26. Tamie #

    Happy Birthday Andra! I hope it is a good day for you. And I hope you get cake.

    March 24, 2014
    • I had cake last night. I think I’m getting Mexican now for dinner. 🙂 Thanks for the birthday wishes.

      March 24, 2014
  27. Happy birthday, Andra, from all the Shrewsdays xxx
    Stephen King. Well I never.

    March 24, 2014
    • Thanks, Kate. Please give all the Shrewsdays a hug from me. Even the cats. 🙂

      March 24, 2014
  28. Happy B-day, Andra.

    March 24, 2014
  29. Jill Clary Stevenson #

    Happy Birthday!

    March 24, 2014
  30. how fun and what a wonderful namesake. happiest of birthdays to you, andra. this is sure to be one you will never forget )

    March 24, 2014
  31. Happy Birthday!!! Mexican has been my dinner of choice for many B’day celebrations. 🙂

    March 24, 2014
    • I love Mexican food, Lisa. It was really all we had in Belmont, MS.

      March 25, 2014
  32. Lance #

    Happy Birthday A! I know you are tired but your accomplishments and drive are showing how wonderful your character is. Hope you had a great day

    March 25, 2014
  33. Wow Andra, I was on the bleeding edge of jealousy and disbelief.

    March 26, 2014

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