I mentioned on Saturday that my mother-in-law lives in the small town of Hanover, Kansas. The family farm, now owned by my wife's youngest brother and his wife, is several miles outside the hamlet of Bremen. A Kansas state web site says that the population is 347 but that must include the outlying farms. My wife always said the town proper had 45 - 50 people. Yet, there is a post office, a bar and and a farmers insurance company.
There aren't paved roads back here. The county roads are gravel, on a grid one mile apart and are graded periodically. When the weather is dry, passing cars kick up a big cloud of dust. Cherokee Road runs east - west past the family farm. Here, a car driving into the sunset stirs up the baking Kansas soil.
WHAT I LISTENED TO IN THE CAR DRIVING BACK FROM KANSAS CITY YESTERDAY MORNING: Pimsleur's Japanese, Level 1, Lessons 18 and 19. Hajimemashite, dozo yoroshiku.
TOMORROW: Kansas school days.