Winter Road Trip

We added another city to our "TEXAS: The European Tour" list. We drove to Odessa. Okay, we drove through Odessa. We bought gas in Odessa. We really wanted to go to the Meteor Crater Museum in Odessa. But after driving nearly two miles down that lonely stretch of road out in the middle of nowhere,…

Anticipation

I dropped her off two weeks ago yesterday.  She left the next morning with her aunt and uncle and cousins.  They were heading west to meet my parents at the halfway point between their house and ours.  That's not a quick road trip when you live in Texas.  They all had lunch together and stretched…

In Memoriam

The doctor is not in. He is no longer accepting new patients. He is gone. There will be no referrals. You're on your own. It's just as well. No one could fill his shoes anyway. His title was honorary. He wasn't really a doctor. He was a pipe-fitter, master mechanic, automotive hobbyist. He was known…

The Doctor is In

I've known him all my life. And after my dad, he's the "adult male" that I would turn to for car maintenance advice, a kind word, a belly laugh in the form of some hilarious anecdote that had  happened that week. Uncle Tracy has been a comfortable constant in my life no matter where the…

Homesick

My heart is heavy...like someone placed a wheelbarrow full of bricks on my chest after making me to lie down in the soil on my back. Unwanted tears are streaming down my face and my breath is shallow.  I don't have a real reason to cry.  Nobody died and I'm not physically hurt.  I feel…

Granny Jean

I woke up this morning happy. My Granny Jean had come to visit me in a dream. It was weird. Everyone was giving me birthday gifts wrapped in Christmas paper but when I opened them they were just pieces of cardboard with mud smeared on them. But Granny Jean was so sweet and kissed me…