It’s muggy. You’ll see.

Knowing that we will not be able to visit our family in St. Louis in October (as is our usual custom) and that my husband had a 30th high school reunion, we decided to go to Missouri in June. My son had never been to Missouri outside of our Fall break trips in October and Spring break trips in March. He did not understand what June would be like.

Before Missouri was a State, large swaths of it, especially in the southeast, was swampland. And as befitting an ex-swamp, the region still kept the muggy, high humidity and the giant bugs long after most of the land was drained. I had lived in…