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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Stopping for Directions . . .

What could be simpler???!


I have no excuse.
I'll let you judge . . .
A woman in our church group, whom I had never met, had just given birth to a tiny, sweet preemie girl.
She had two other children.
And a husband.
I offered to surprise them with dinner.
An easy and painless way to help out.
I made a pot of soup.
Fresh rolls.
And a salad.
Packing everything into a box, I got into the truck and headed out.
Now, I should mention here that I live in a small town.
I've lived in this same small town for nearly a quarter of a century.
Yes, it has grown.
A lot.
But it is still my home town.
And it takes three minutes to drive from one end to the other.
On a busy day.
Twenty minutes later, I was still driving around, looking for this sister's address.
Finally, almost tearful with frustration, I broke down and called her, begging for directions.
“I'm right across the street from Beau Meadow School,” she said. “You can't miss the house. It's brightly lit and there is a 'For Sale' sign in the front yard.”
Now, in our town, that particular school is on what we call the 'ring road'.
It makes a circuit of the entire town.
Meandering through all four quadrants.
It is the quickest way to anywhere.
This woman was on it.
I live just off it.
Our houses were, quite literally, one minute apart.
I finally pulled up to the described house, shut off my truck and carried my now-tepid-meal to the front door.
And realized something.
Not only was this house almost within spitting distance of mine.
But it was a house my son and his family had recently outgrown and sold.
After having lived there for over three years.
I had been in and out of it for that entire time.
I knew it almost as well as I knew my own.
I knew where it was.
And how to get there.
And where to park.
I could have told anyone how to find it.
Only one thing was missing.
I had never noted the address.
See?
No excuse.

13 comments:

  1. But it is so true....we just GO places and never note the address. We're like homing pigeons.

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    1. That's me! A giant homing pigeon in an old Dodge truck!

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  2. Remember Alfred J. giving directions over the phone? 'Just head down this way until you see the old granary that's falling down; turn that way and drive to the slough then follow the road toward Joe's corrals and we're right there...

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    1. I like those directions! Not a number in the entire discourse!!!

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  3. I am so bad at directions - I do the same, figure out how to get there by landmark and never know the street!

    Enjoyed!

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  4. It's true, we find our way by landmarks. Get to --- by driving along past the --- then turn right where the blue house juts out on the corner.....just don't be asking me what the street names are.

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    1. I'm exactly the same way! I used to think it was because I was raised in the middle of the prairies in the middle of nowhere. But recently I've found that city people do the same thing. I think we've just found a better way . . .

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  5. This totally sounds like something I would do!

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  6. Oh dear.
    I think you need a GPS.lol Seems your town is getting bigger :)
    My girl friend had one and she still took wrong turns. lol
    I am glad you found it finally.

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    1. Yep. I'm like your girlfriend! I had a GPS. And still couldn't find it!

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  7. Oh my goodness... this was hilarious Diane, sounds like something I would do... hahaha

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