Things I remember doing with my mom, when I was more or less my daughter’s age:
– Browsing books and eating quiche at Davis-Kidd bookstore when it was still at Grace’s Plaza, before it moved to Green Hills mall and then closed.
– Buying gifts for her students at the Parent Teacher Store. She taught sixth grade and rewarded her kids with cool pencils, stickers and other supplies.
– Singing somewhat obscure old camp songs in the car on road trips to my grandparents’ house.
Interspersed throughout the shopping, browsing, driving, lunching and singing, there was a great deal of Mom getting to know what was happening in my life outside of hers, and of me getting to understand Mom’s values in life.
I hope that’s the sort of thing my Lily takes from today – when she and I spent a mutual day off exploring a part of town my friend Andrew calls SoBroLoCo (for South of Broadway / Lower Convention Center) – and not just “dang, so that’s what a record looks like.”
Here is what we did on our outing:
1. Brunch at Coffee Lunch
This little coffee and sandwich shop across the street from Cummins Station has beverages such as a pumpkin latte made with actual pumpkin, and the first sparkling coffee I found in Nashville. It also has a great menu of lunch items like a steak and gruyere sandwich with house made aioli.
2. Carter’s Vintage Guitars
After lunch (where we ran into several friends), we walked over to 8th Avenue and popped in for a bit at Carter’s Vintage Guitars, which opened this summer and is planning a housewarming party for the near future. We sat for a minute and listened to two different pickers play two different songs on two different guitars (one electric, one acoustic) from two different eras, and somehow it sounded fine.
3. Grimey’s New and Pre-loved Music
We went to Grimey’s for two main reasons: to buy my brother’s birthday present, and so Lily could finally (at 12) see an actual record store. She has great taste because the tremendous spotify catalogue is at her fingertips all the time and believe me – she takes advantage of that to “discover” the best. Ironically, she’s never been inside an actual music store until today.
Also, while we were there, I found – and bought – a Silver Jews cd I’ve NOT been able to find on spotify.
4. Turnip Green Creative Reuse
I have a lot of awesome photos from Turnip Green, a gallery and upcycled art supply shop on Fourth Avenue South. Most of the ones from today I’m going to keep to myself for now, because they are part of a really neat collaborative art project still in progress. But it was wonderful having Lily part of this experience, seeing the gallery, and meeting several collaborative artists.
And many more: We also crossed the river and visited a bit with lovely friends and their dog in East Nashville. And then returned home to Franklin, worn out and grateful to spend time with friends there who had a plate of lasagna awaiting us.
The best days with my mother felt spontaneous, but I know she had an underlying plan for us. I get it now.