This weekend I had the privilege of traveling to, and speaking at, a reunion honoring a choir instructor from my high school. I feel a little guilty because she could not have possibly had as much fun as I did at that reunion.
Roxanne and I were able to spend most of the day together and that was simply joy. No kids needing us, no husbands quietly sighing their boredom, no other family members needing just one more thing. Lots of talking, figuring, catching up, and reasoning.
Thing is, Roxanne and I talk enough that there wasn’t much catching up to do, so we were able to delve in. Go deeper. One thing we discussed is how glad we were that we grew up in that precious town, and how glad we are that we left it to grow our children up. We also talked about how great it was to go home and all insecurities and high school “caste systems” were done away with: it was just home. I think it took 20 years for it to be that way -- the 10 year reunion wasn’t quite so comfortable.
The travel there was easily the worst part of the whole weekend, especially considering the total travel time was exactly equal to the time that I was awake on Saturday: 17 hours. Obviously, I don’t travel by myself very often any more, so I had ample time to consider the pros and cons of solo travel.
1. I am queen of the temperature.
5. No back seat drivers.
1. It’s boring.
2. No one to blame wrong turns on.
3. So boring.
4. No one to dial/ text/ screen calls.
5. Boring really doesn’t adequately describe it.
6. No one to relieve you as a driver.
7. It is just! SO! BOOOORRRRIIINNNNNGGGG!!!!!!
So, as you can see, being queen certainly has its place, but it cannot outweigh the drawbacks of traveling alone.
Let me clarify -- this was a 500 mile (one way) trip. A shorter trip of about 150 miles would be a breeze and just about enough time to clear my head and get all my good music listened to. Mile 300 is about where I start to slide onto the floorboard and wallow.
The return trip on Sunday was brutal as it POURED rain for the first 250 miles, then drizzled for another 150. During the pouring rain there were cars all over the median and ditches, as well as a few 18-wheelers, that evidently can’t keep it at 75 in the blinding rain like they thought they could.
So, I’m thankful to be back safe. Thankful for the legacy I have and to celebrate it at a reunion.
What about you -- do you do reunions? Been to a homecoming this fall or planning to go to one? Why or why not? Talk to me people!