Once Mom and Dad arrived, we did a variety of activities with Kim and her husband. One of the places we visited was Johnson Shut Ins. As previously noted, it’s a state park in Middle Brook, Missouri (about an hour and 45 minutes from Rolla), but to hear the name you would think it’s some sort of convalescent home or something (or at least that’s the joke Mom used to tell). Actually it’s a beautiful park with a river that flows down into a more shallow rocky brook. It was a popular place to go innertubing, and that’s just what most of us did. Over and over again. However, Mom was more interested in the rocky brook and found a rock to sit on and just take in the beauty of the area.
I don’t know how long she sat there, but I know it was for a while as we all played in the river and around the rocks. What I do know though is that when she got up she discovered that the rock that she thought was comfortable enough to sit on/lean against had tore a hole in the bottom of her bathing suit! Again, Mom took these embarrassing moments in stride and it became one of those stories she told over and over again.