“Take care, kid”, he says. Worry wrinkles crease between his eyes.
“I’ll try”, I answer and walk out of the gas bar.
It makes me feel little.
I’m the girl covered in grease, pulled up at the rest station with the car hood up, clothes sticking to her back, and yes, that is a tattooed biker helping her diagnose that strange noise under the front axle.
He had a nice tattooed wife, although at that point I wouldn’t have cared if he was alone, wore an eye patch, and carried a 44 mag, as long as he offered to help.
In the last 50 days I’ve driven over 180 hours—70 of those hours alone.
In reality, I only suffered two significant breakdowns, at least car related, which is almost a lifetime record.
I guess God isn’t really calling me to be a mechanic, or marry one, like I had begun to suspect.
50 days ago I was leaving Slate Falls, while the rain filled the potholes, and I prayed to make it out without getting stuck.
Since then I managed to graduate, feel the Mississippi heat, sip sweet tea in Virginia, canoe the Ontario wilds, stick my toes in the pacific, and hike the Idaho Mountains.
Possibly I’ve been home a total of 14 days. I’m not exactly sure.
Now, 50 days later, I am packing again for Slate Falls. (yes, indeed)
This time for at least 6 months.
The emotions in the last 50 days are even more varied. (no, duh)
Guess what else?
I think that is okay.
This month has been insane with learning to love all the ups and downs and “yes, Lords”.
More than anything I want to be dramatic in my determination to grow, even if it means loosing all the answers and the things I protect myself with.
And if God takes that to mean leaving me stranded on the road by myself or calling me to work in the far, cold north for a while, than so be it.
If that didn’t make any sense, just leave it.
I tried to quit coffee cold turkey yesterday and this morning woke up to realize the great stupidity of such a thing, translated into subtitles by a throbbing headache.
So much for all my haughty snides about coffee addicts.
Next thing you know I’ll have to wean myself down to one energy drink a day, sipped while laying in a tanning bed and reading Karen Kingsbury.
All’s fair in Love and Loud Opinions.
“Next thing you know I’ll have to wean myself down to one energy drink a day, sipped while laying in a tanning bed and reading Karen Kingsbury.”
I request to be there and laugh, thaank you.
And I’m still in the whole proud-not-to-be-addicted-to-coffee thing. I may consider rubbing it in your face if I can keep it up.
rub away, dear, rub away. I need all the inspiration to quit that I can get 😉
Esta, I don’t know how to say it… but every time you blog, there is something inside of me that wonders, are we kindred spirits? I mean you write just what I’m thinking. Someday I want to meet you. I want to sit down and have a long talk talk.
Kindred spirits…who knows….but most likely we are. And by all means, let’s accidently run into each other and have that long chat. I’d love it!!!!!
I enjoyed this post very much. Glad to see you’re back. I almost laughed aloud at your Karen Kingsbury comment (maybe I did chuckle). Right now my Grandmother is gobbling her books up.
kendall hochstedler said:
I’m sitting at the nursing station up at Deer Lake, found a link from my aunt Susan’s facebook. I have really enjoyed your blog, helped the evening go by. I live in Red Lake again, have memories of bow hunting with your dad and mine.
That is so neat. Glad you commented so I could make the connection. I’ll have to ask Dad about hunting when I see him again 🙂