mom: this is the first time we've ever done this.
i've had a really good time.
me: didn't you know i'm a fun time?
together (in unison): for a fun time, call dani!
it's true, my mom and i
had never gone on a trip together,
just the two of us.
however, last friday morning
we did just that.
on thursday night i looked
at the new york times' best seller list
looking for a book we could listen to
on our way to and from georgia.
not knowing much about
those at the top of the list,
i downloaded an old favorite of mine,
jan karon's, at home in mitford.
19 hours of father tim, barnabas,
dooley and the gang...
first thing friday morning,
we packed mom's little pt cruiser to the brim.
as we pulled out of mom's subdivision,
i got settled and pulled my iphone
and auxiliary cord from my purse.
mom: what are you doing?
me: oh, i downloaded a book
for us to listen to on our trip;
but, i don't see an outlet for my aux-cord.
we both looked only to find
there wasn't one.
i returned my aux-cord to my purse
and proceded to plot our trip
on my phone's map
before placing it in the cup-holder
between our seats.
siri began routing us to
with that, we were on our way
to visit our cousins,
ralph and ruth latta.
siri: in one mile,
turn right for i-75 south.
we drove for a little over 2 hours
before stopping in lake city, tennessee
for breakfast and gas.
there weren't many patrons
in the local mcdonald's.
however, among those there,
there was only one topic of discussion...
apparently, someone in the area
had 50 snakes, which had gotten loose!
needless to say,
we were happy to finish our biscuits,
fill up with gas, and get out of dodge!
mom and i talked and talked
and were making great time
until we made our way out of atlanta
to i-20 toward augusta.
a digital traffic sign read:
right two lanes closed
3 miles ahead
due to traffic accident.
in less than 50 feet,
we came to an abrupt, complete stop...
(one of those stops you see in cartoons
where the front bumper nearly eats the road
and the middle of the car arches!!!)
in the seat behind me,
there were two, large,
a large bag of ice,
6 diet cokes, and
6 diet sunkists
all inside a large igloo cooler on wheels.
as the car came to a halt,
the cooler slammed into the back of my seat!
mom: that was close! did i scare you?
me: well, i did curl my toes a little.
me: i can see it now...
"mom kills daughter with 'kentucky legend' ham!"
we sat for nearly 30 minutes
before mom asked me
to turn on my "i never meet a stranger" charm
ask the truck driver beside us
if he knew what was going on ahead of us.
mom rolled down my window,
and he rolled down his.
i apologized for bothering him
then proceeded to ask if he knew
what the issue ahead of us was .
he replied he didn't know
but he did know there were
now three of the four lanes closed.
after thanking him,
i took my phone from the cup-holder
and keyed in the words
i-20 wreck, atlanta, wesley chapel.
a fox news story posted only 3 minutes prior
popped up on my screen.
"pedestrian hit and killed
traffic backed up for miles."
i read the story to mom.
my heart sank...
she shook her head: why would anyone
be walking out here on the interstate?
me: maybe it was a hitchhiker.
after another hour-and-a-half or so,
the traffic started to slowly move.
when we made it to the scene,
only emergency vehicles,
police, and a cleanup crew remained.
we stopped again
about 80 miles outside augusta
to fill up with gas.
mom: do you want to drive the rest of the way
since you know how to get to ralph's and ruth's house?
me: sure, i don't mind.
the last hour of our trip passed quickly.
siri: in one half miles,
take exit 199 for washington rd,
ga-28 toward augusta.
siri: turn right onto washington rd
toward augusta state university,
medical college of georga,
and paine college.
me: we are supposed to turn right
at the lone star steakhouse.
siri: in .1 miles turn right onto berckmans road.
i looked ahead to see a large water tower
standing on the corner.
me: this isn't where we are supposed to turn.
mom: are you sure?
me: i'm positive; we always turn right
at the lone star.
siri continued to try to reroute us
down the next three roads.
when we passed augusta national,
i knew something wasn't right.
we were heading toward downtown augusta.
mom: just turn around and go back to berckmans.
me: okay, maybe they tore down the lone star
and replaced it with a water tower.
finally, we pulled onto ralph's and ruth's street.
we came in from a different direction though.
in the driveway stood ralph
looking in the direction
from which i normally come.
wrinkling his forehead,
he looked at me curiously
as i pulled mom's little pt into his driveway.
ralph: what are you doing?
did you get lost?
me: well, kind of...
after hugs and kisses,
i explained what had happened.
me: did i pass the lone star?
ralph: naw, they tore it down
and put a walgreens up there.
that explained that!
(to be continued...)
love and God's blessings,