When this post’s I will be on the road to Texas with my teenagers in tow. What? What?
Yep, you read that right, but it’s not all fun and games. My Uncle Buck passed away at the end of August and my little brother, the main reason for this trip, is getting worse. I am determined, however, to infuse some fun into the adventure so I’m heading toward DFW and Weatherford first.
That’s right my old stomping grounds. I moved there as a freshman in high school and didn’t leave ’til Microsoft called and made me an offer I couldn’t refuse- and can I just say how happy I am that they did? It’s how I met my adorable husband and now have three beautiful children and a sometimes crazy existence in Arizona-but back to the road trip…
I will be visiting what I consider my hometown and the village that raised me, or the library anyway. While there I hope to see some of my old co-workers, a smattering of family members who still live in town, and some long time friends, one of which I had a crush on from sophomore year in high school till graduate school. Remember that late bloomer thing I wrote when I first started my journey as a blogger? Yep, he’s the one. We ended up as life long friends, and I am looking forward to seeing him and meeting his wonderful children.
From Weatherford we head south, toward a more serious part of the trip. Brother Jim is at Baylor Scott and White in Temple. I’ve been calling him the past few months to check in and things seem to be taking a turn for the worse. He’s still holding on for a liver transplant, but no one really knows what will come first, the transplant or losing the battle. Again, just taking it one day at a time, living in the moment, and trying to spend time with my little brother.
In route to Temple we will be taking a detour to Mt. Calm, Texas. A town that features heavily into my Quirky Redneck Childhood Book, or at least the manuscript I work on in my spare time. The house I lived in is no longer there, the land no longer a part of the Jones family, but the memories are all around. I want to drive through town a little, remembering the stories so I can write them later. The best part of this trip into my past is going through West, Texas. If memory serves, that town was full of little Czechoslovakian bakeries, and the smell of baking fills the air. I want Jericho and Sadie to experience that smell, and some of the tasty treats that go along with it.
From there we head to Temple to visit with Jim. We’ll be staying with family and my Dad will be in town as well. I’m looking forward to seeing him. He’s been so crazy busy with my Uncle’s estate in Houston and Jim in Temple that I worry about his health. Of course my Dad always has to be doing something so maybe he’s in his element, at least that’s my secret hope.
After Temple, we plan on visiting a couple of small towns on our way to San Antonio, the last stop before heading home. Who knows what adventures await us, but one thing’s for certain, I will have lots of stories when I get back.