“Human nature cannot be studied in cities except at a disadvantage- a village is the place. There you can know your man inside and out.” ( Mark Twain)
Some interesting discoveries have been made on this road trip as we’ve visited several historic towns along the Mississippi River. Most recently, we obtained an authentic glimpse of mid 19th century America in Hannibal, Missouri, a former place of riverboats, trolley cars, and most notably the Mark Twain boyhood legacy For as a result of this two day road trip stopover in this old fashioned town of his youth, it excited my interest to return to that historic time and place where Twain grew up to develop his roots here as a genius writer, world adventurer, and visionary activist.
Consider for example how his formative characters of Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher, Huckleberry Finn, or the slave man Jim from Twain’s novels sparked great interest during a self guided tour of the seven buildings comprising the Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum. Envision in your imagination Twain’s fearless urge to explore the world near and far on his own terms as we gazed down from those steep rocky overlooks at passing boats along the busy river channel of the Mississippi River. Or feel the activist spirit of Twain in our slow stroll through the old downtown Main Street wondering about what Twain might have done to overcome life’s struggles in this town.
Unquestionably then, Hannibal’s hero of the past can inspire me to write the story of my own life. For I’ve got plenty of Mark Twain spirit myself to tell a good story, travel around, and master a formidable challenge. How about you? Do you see any insight in the photos below that might influence the direction of your own life?