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The Road.

I was always the one in my group of friends who was up for anything. More often than not, I was the one who would rally everyone together for something unplanned. Since my kids were born, the fun has gone out of that somewhat though. By the time you have packed four bags, toys, portable cribs, snacks for the road, a diaper bag, made sure the camera was charged, changed the clothes that got messed up while you were packing and gotten everyone in the car, you've wasted a couple of hours, and are exhausted before you start.

I've been longing for something different for a while now, and I wrote a story about missing the road just last week.

The day after that story, I got a phone call from my cousin at about 8am.

Do you want to go to Memphis with us tomorrow, to a Tigers game and then to Beale St to listen to some music?

I don't know. I hurt my knee yesterday. Not even sure I can walk today. I don't have a sitter. Mr.G wouldn't want me to go alone.

A thousand objections. This is not how I used to be, but these are the thoughts that run through my head. I give her the "we'll see" and tell her I'll call her in a bit. The more I think about it, the more I want to go. I mention to Mr.G. He says go. I put on a knee brace and can walk. Last obstacle? The kids. I call my dad and hold my breath.

In a few hours, I'm pulling up to her house with my suitcase and a huge smile on my face. I am not a big sports fan, but I love Beale Street. I love music, and Memphis is a great city for live tunes. I didn't have time to think about all the housework that was going undone, what would happen to the state of the house in my absence, it was just time to enjoy the freedom from responsibility for a day.

We had a blast. Karaoke to start. (Not enough alcohol yet...I don't sing in front of people.) Then down the street to The Rum Boogie Cafe to listen to some music and eat some Memphis Barbeque. Dancing, flying Mardi Gras beads, and of course, Jack and Diet Coke. A hundred guitars hanging around the ceiling - all signed by famous bands. Laughter and shared comraderie with the people at the tables crowded so close to us.

Back home, it's a little easier to not get frustrated with the kids and Mr.G. I'm still dancing a little bit to Elvis and Van Morrison.

Unfortunately...I don't think this has sated my appetite for the road. It seems that its just an appetizer.

Maybe spontaneity isn't dead for me after all.

onceandfutureglow onceandfutureglow 31-35, F 30 Responses Mar 4, 2010

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...who's mr.g? you're dad or something? why would a woman in her early 30s have to get permission from her dad...? couldn't the kid's father just look after them or is he not in the picture or something? <br />
i'm scared about all this after getting married - i still wanna have fun, but i suppose when you've got kids & a career your priorities are a bit different!

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I suppose I was. 0-o

You were being spontaneous?

Now if you thought that, the more appropriate question would be WHY did I tell HS to pull his out and join in, Scooby.

Did you tell HS to pull his out and join in?

I thought I did too...

g - I thought you knew me better.... <br />
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luv - I do what I can... None of it really productive mind you....

I intend to Luv. I have a couple of trips in the works already...It's been way too long.

HAHA, You are too funny HappySailor. I am so glad that you got out and had some fun Glowy. I hope you can do it a little more often. It is good for everyone to recharge their batteries from time to time. ;D

Um. Whatever you're into...

A bit of piratey deliverance eh???

No. We like banjos...why don't you pull yours out and join in?

So we're knocking banjos now are we????

Oh. Well..that's different.

I would jam with you on with my banjo silly!

The best kind, Tekk!

YAY! I knew the itch would get scratched! It sounded like an amazing time! Yes yes...do more trips on a whim! : D

Hahaha!! So that's what's wrong with people on the street. And here I've just been thinking that everyone is rude. And no. I don't think I could "jam" with you. I'm so out of my league. But it's nice to hide behind my big acoustic.

Yeah, it's best to bring communication backup, as I'll probably be struck mute by your hoootttness ;P Oooh, bring the guitar! We could jam!

Best have them there just in case K. Either that or computers. Comfort zones are sometimes a good thing.

Does that mean we have to get out our cell phones even when you're at my house? :P *giggling at scene*

*jealousglowy*

K - no worries. If I came to see you, I'd bring my rubber gloves and mop. The best friends are those who help with housework, right? <br />
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In spirit, Des, ok? You absolutely have to sway to at least one ballad and think of me swooning alongside you. Ah, but he's hott..<br />
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Scooby - Me too. It was a resolution this year. To let go of things, and to focus more on me. Working out pretty well so far. Have a trip to Oregon to see my aunt in the works right now. :D

I know its true. Sometimes you just have to take a deep breath and say yes. I've been trying to say yes more often and it usually works out okay. :-)

It is quite a drive!! Haha! Just give me a heads up so I can push some of this clutter out of sight with my crutches.. ;)

Ana - It's a date! Then you have to come to Memphis and taste the real stuff!! (My old minivan is revving its engine in the driveway...with no one inside. I think it's time to get moving.) <br />
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I think it's like the Canterbury Tales. Winter is long and cold. Now Spring is upon us and I'm ready for a pilgrimage or five. <br />
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*wishes she were going with Des*<br />
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K - I might show up on your doorstep too. Bit of a drive. But should be fun.

Good for you!! :D

Des - absolutely! I keep saying, we all need it a little more often. (Bon Jovi? Anyone? ANYONE??)<br />
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BrokenDreams - Exactly. Remind yourself of who you are. I completely plan on doing more of these in the near future. Er.. Plan to be open to possibility, I mean. Planned trips aren't usually as much fun.

i know the feeling, sometimes u just need to egt out and be you again! not the mother the gf the daughter, just you! and enjoy yourself again. good for u, i hope u get more of those trips in the near future x