Mississippi River Fireworks Dinner Cruise

Sunday, February 28, 2010
By Louis Magnifico
Louis and Char aboard the Memphis Queen Riverboat

Pictures, by definition, capture a moment

“The Mississippi Delta was shining like a national guitar.” –  from Graceland by Paul Simon

Pictures, by definition, capture a moment.

I know what you are thinking.  “Boy, Louis sure does have a keen grasp on the obvious.” But it’s more than that… I mean some pictures really have a way of bringing you back, if only in memory, to a special time and place.

Such is the case with one particular picture which sits upon our fireplace mantle… and has become the inspiration for this Traveling Twosome post.

Into my heart’s treasury
I slipped a coin
That time cannot take
Nor a thief purloin, —
Oh better than the minting
Of a gold-crowned king
Is the safe-kept memory
Of a lovely thing.
—- The Coin by Sara Teasdale

Fireworks over the Memphis skyline

Fireworks over the Memphis skyline

It was hot, it was humid, it was July in the Mid-South.  And it was a great night to take a cruise on the Mississippi River aboard the Memphis Queen Riverboat for the Fourth of July.  Char and I spent the holiday watching the fireworks against the Memphis skyline from the deck of the ship.  Live music, dinner, fireworks, and a relaxing ride on the river.

Char and I took a couple seats on the deck of the ship and watched the sky light up while the colors reflected off the water.  There were scores of passengers on the ship but for that moment, it was just the two of us.

It was like a scene from a movie – a romantic drama.

And every time I see the picture there on the mantle, I can still smell the smells and hear the sounds of that night…

There were scores of passengers aboard the ship, but at that moment there was just the two of us.

There were scores of passengers aboard the ship, but for that moment it was just the two of us.

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