AGED ROAD WARRIORS

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I’d like to preface this post with a thankful heart to God, Almighty.

Dear, Lord, we did it again.  We could not have done this road trip without you.  Your hand guided Paul and his driving skills through winding mountains, rain, over prairies and flatlands and through various kinds of weather.  You kept his mind sharp and his driving abilities at their best.  Thanks for protecting us on another journey together.  Amen!

“The National Lampoon Family Vacation” is a favorite movie of mine, because it is so true with its antics, disasters, camping, the dog, the dead aunt on the roof of the car and so on.  Most family vacations don’t go quite that wrong, but they certainly can make great fodder for blog writing.

Picture yourself, sandwiched between two semis on either side of your vehicle, along with one in front and one behind.  You’re traveling without any view of scenery at between 70 and 80 MPH, wondering who would be tagged for the speeding violation if you were stopped.

When you eventually break free of the semi-sandwich, your tensions release and you drive in earnest for at least ten hours each day.  At first the highway seems great, as you pack on the miles and it seems you’ll make your destination with time to spare.  Thank God, I wasn’t driving or we’d still be in St. Paul – probably at the police station or the mental hospital.

Traveling like this is definitely not for the faint of heart.  Driving is hard enough, but when you’re the navigator and you’re in unfamiliar territory, there is no room for napping, because you are bound to the AAA Trip Tik, which was an experience in itself.

Before we even left our own driveway, I couldn’t find my check card.  Thoughts of identity theft drifted through my addled mind.  Twenty minutes later, we found it. Buckle up the seat belt, pull yourself together and think lovely thoughts.

When you’ve reached your seventies, there are no more singing of camp songs – no trying to reach a snack, which is well out of your reach without the assistance of a child – no asking “are we there yet” or making too many pit stops along the way.  It’s just the two of you now and even though you’ve been married for over 53 years, the relationship is riding on thin ice with every mile driven.

I can no longer hear well, and when I ask him to repeat himself, the words come roaring out like an angry giant.  Of course I feel like he’s yelling at me and that leads to miles of silence from both of us.  An example of one of our conversations:

He:  Do you want to stop for something to eat?  She:  Sure, what do you want? He: I think a hamburger sounds good.  She: Oh, yes that hamster driving down the road – like one of those Soul cars?  He:  What are you talking about?  She:  What did you say?

He:  (laughing & loudly)  I said I want a hamburger.  She: Ok, you don’t have to holler. Let’s get a hamburger!

When you arrive at the motel for the night, and spend maybe eight hours sleeping in a room that costs too much, dreams come to haunt you about a giant hamster driving down the road with a hamburger in his mouth.  Hubby has his own dreams and starts having a conversation with who knows who.  Interesting to say the least.

For the most part traveling together is pleasant, but once you’ve reached the ten hour point, you might be ready for divorce court.  I am glad to be home and ready to get back in the groove.  We had a wonderful vacation, but it’s always good to return.  I’ll be sharing some of the highlights of our trip as the days go by, but right now I need to go back to bed for a week.

 

 

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About atimetoshare.me

As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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24 Responses to AGED ROAD WARRIORS

  1. Ha! Loved this. Very funny. I’ve decided hubby and I traveling together is just like a perpetual anxiety attack. Unfortunately we can still hear one another. 🙂

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  2. glad to have you back

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  3. with us it’s Gregory who is the deaf one–and when I say something and he repeats something else entirely…I’ve gotten where I just give up…
    And God forbid you try telling something relatively private, something for no one else to hear, with the words blurted out loud, repeated—suddenly he seems to have the words right at the very wrong time.
    I think his hearing issue leads to more of our fusses as there is such a miscommunication.
    Despite a million bucks invested in hearing aids that just made the ENT more money and us more unhappy…
    And yep—your trips sound like ours—tense in transition, hilarious once complete 🙂
    I’m glad you made it to and fro in one sane piece!!!

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  4. You are absolutely hilarious! I giggled my way through this wonderful post! Love you! So glad you have returned. Missed you! ❤ ❤

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      Thanks, Lynn. We took a ten day trip to S. Carolina and prior to that I was fighting a horrid virus. It was good to see the sun and all the beautiful gardens and blooming trees. Now o have to stretch out my legs!

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  5. believe4147 says:

    Looking forward to some interesting posts! And needless to say you will understand when I ask for prayer for my husband and me as we prepare to take a group of teens on a mission trip which includes those 10hr driving days crammed into 2 vans.

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  6. Rebecca says:

    Your “driving 70-80 MPH between trucks” story makes me think about driving near Knoxville. Been there. Done that. 🙂

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  7. Oh my word Kathy….I am just laughing about that hamster!!! I am also picturing myself and my husband in 10 years..that is truly a picture of what we will be…I can tell already!

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      I’m telling you that the humor just keeps coming. If I didn’t laugh at life I would surely go crazy😜

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      • My dad always says, “You don’t have to be crazy….but it sure helps.” That was always his comment when he and mom would arrive back home after a vacation. Mom turns 84 this week and dad will be 86 in December. They no longer vacation unless someone else drives…which is probably a good thing!

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      • atimetoshare.me says:

        That is definitely a good thing!

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  8. hatrack4 says:

    Glad to see you back. Where in SC did your grandson graduate? Where did you cross the mountains? Nosey minds want to know?

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    • atimetoshare.me says:

      You’ll discover where he graduated in my post today whenever I get that written. I think we went through the mountains in Ashville, North Carolina, but they continued through Tennessee and we saw mountains in Ky as well.. It is absolutely beautiful and you don’t have the switch backs that occur out west. Lots of semi traffic though. It amazes me how they maneuver with those big trucks.

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      • hatrack4 says:

        You are amazed and my wife gets freaked out. When we become a truck sandwich, or even close, she grabs the sissy bar for dear life and prays. As for the Ashville area, gorgeous. We stayed there a couple of times.

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      • atimetoshare.me says:

        The whole adventure is going to be the focus of my blog this week. So many stories to tell.

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  9. davidkitz says:

    Glad you are back safe and sound, Kathy.

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