Jann Freed, another of Central Iowa’s talented bloggers, caught my attention recently with her post about the film, The Bucket List. In the film, two dying friends – played by Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman – work their way through a list of things they want to do before they die.
Thinking about that concept, I recalled another Nicholson film, Terms of Endearment. In that movie, the character played by Debra Winger uttered a quote occasionally repeated in my family: “People come from all over the world just to get one look at Des Moines before they die.”
Tweaking that premise a bit, I wondered: Where are three places in my own family history that I’d like to visit?
In no particular order, they are:
Bourbon County, Kentucky. In his will, my paternal 5th great grandfather, Alexander Breckenridge, mentioned a mansion house, plantation and slaves. Only recently, I learned that his land later became Claiborne Farm, noted for thoroughbred champions Secretariat, Bold Ruler and many more.
Aero, Denmark. My maternal grandparents were raised on this picturesque, tiny Danish island before emigrating to America as newlyweds in 1920.
Smithville, Missouri. Just north of Kansas City, this is where my grandmother, her sisters and many other relatives called home.
What’s on your list?
Cobbled streets of Aero, Denmark, courtesy of Hold my beer, eh.