The Trip Home

Another plane, and then another. Traveling through the sky is fast, so I suppose it works well for business, but not so much for me anymore. I like to see where I’m going. I like to see the ragged rocks, the colors of the dirt, the shapes of the trees. I like to feel the pull of the road as I drive around a bend or up a hill. I don’t like sitting in cramped seats and waiting, waiting, and again, waiting. I will admit I wrote this blog sitting in a plane – and I can’t do that while I’m driving. Call it a draw, but not quite.

The sunsets on the Trent river were spectacular. My daughter-in-laws corn-meal stuffing for Thanksgiving dinner was awesome. Her dad made his special German pecans and a new recipe for caramel-coconut cashews that I adore. My son smoked our turkey and it was great. I added some of the drippings to my gravy, and learned a big lesson. The smoke flavor overpowers gravy. I won’t make that mistake again, at least until I forget that I already tried it. Every holiday needs one thing to go wrong, right?

The now One-Year-Old’s birthday celebration was a happy day. Her bubbly personality lights her parents up, and that is a joy to see. I had time for long talks with both her Mom and Dad, and lots of play-time and walks with her. Yes, I look forward to sleeping in my own bed, but at the price of leaving – which is always so difficult. Like a mama hen, I want all of my chicks under my wing – not in the same house, but you know, close – not two airplanes away at any rate. Right now I’d settle for getting them all in the same room on the same day. I don’t care if happens during the middle of summer, I’m putting all four grandkids in matching red pajamas for a picture. img_1501

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About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature and fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's, two topics that are very difficult to manage in real life. Barbara volunteers doing school programs and speaking to support groups. National Parks, hiking, and snow-shoeing are in her list of favorite hobbies.
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