The Long Trip: Part Two

The moving van showed up a half hour early. All Right! Except the crew that was supposed to load it didn’t show up at all. Calls were made, and finally, three hours later, a crew of three appeared. Now these three were interesting fellows, and one older gentleman in particular had lots of stories to tell – to anyone in hearing distance whether you asked to hear it or not. In the meantime, we were shocked to look inside this huge semi and discover it was already two-thirds full of other people’s households. My son looked at me. I looked at him. No way. “Oh yes,” the trucker assured us there was room. He was an expert at tetras. Well, maybe so, but there was no way, and by 5:30 that night, the trucker had to agree it wasn’t all going to fit. Arrangements were made for another truck to come in the morning and take the remainder to a warehouse for storage until another truck is found coming this way. The last third of the kid’s belongings were shuffled into the garage, filling it by the way, and we went to work cleaning the house, and touch-up painting, etc.

Loading Day Two’s crew showed up on time and the garage emptied while we loaded the trailer, pickup and car with luggage, food, baby paraphernalia, plants, tools, etc. Meantime, we cleaned. Once the walk-through of the house was over with, we emptied the refrigerator into coolers, drug the trash to the sidewalk, loaded up and took off. We looked at the time: 3:00pm. The thought process at that point was, why sit around till the next day. Our next day of driving could be much shorter by putting some miles under our belt, and sitting around didn’t suit any of us. We made it nearly across the state of NC before winding down and hitting the sheets.

To be continued…IMG_2300

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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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