time in a car

We are seven states into our adventure…it’s been pretty good thus far. We drove through some super creepy midwest towns and today there may be severe weather across Kansas.  Buddy has been a champ! He sleeps the entire time and just wants to be touching us. It is clear he is confused/depressed but very happy to be tagging along.

We had a few history lessons – we drove along the Trail of Tears – this is the route the Cherokees took when the US Government forced their relocation. We also drove through Cairo, IL. It is the most depressing US town I have ever seen. We looked it up online and found out it’s sad and tumultuous history. They were deeply affected by the creation of bridges, flooding of the Mississippi, and the civil rights movement. That is a very simplified explanation but if you are into history, google it, it was an interesting read.

We are looking forward to getting across Kansas – it’s 531 miles of flat farm land and the bonus of bad weather. We have a basket full of magazines to get us through and the People magazine celebrity crossword book. We’re killing it so far! We loaded up on fruit, farm fresh hardboiled eggs, sliced turkey, wraps, and other snacks so we can keep moving. It’s been a great decision and a healthier option than road food. More stories soon!

see ya laters

I was given a stellar ‘see ya later’ gift. It’s randomness became the perfect combination of sentiment. it held all things consistent in a friendship 20+ years young. The items represent [to me] things unchanged – no matter where one is in life, country or world – these things will remain. To the naked eye a box of cheez its, dunkin donuts mug and CD are pretty simple and meaningless – but to me – they are representations of the ebb and flow of a friendship, a moment in time, and a steadiness. These are physical reminders I can hold dear on days when the loneliness of a new town becomes overwhelming, OR, moments we ask ourselves, “what the eff did we just do?!” we can pop in our CD, grab a box of cheez its or a cup of coffee and be transported.

We had a delightful goodbye party last night – it felt surreal. The goodbye part isn’t real yet…not one bit. My heart was full watching people we adore interacting – some for the first time. Our family and friends are such a rag tag group and we can’t say enough about how awesome their support and time has meant to us. So many moments last night I wanted to freeze in time – I wanted to put it in slow mo to not forget a detail – faces, laughs, smiles, awkward silences – the best. We are loved and that’s the beginning, middle and end of everything and we couldn’t be more thankful and appreciative.