So, thinking I would treat myself to a little face to face with my son, I flew to Denver yesterday. It’s not often that I get one-on-one time with my kids, and when I have a window of opportunity, I figure I should take advantage.
I reserved a car so I wouldn’t disrupt Alex’s work day with the need for an airport pick up. Since I’m by myself, I reserved a compact size. Imagine my surprise when I checked in at Hertz and was told they had a Ram pick up for me! Now, I’ve driven mini-vans, and I’ve driven a Suburban, and I even drove our Class C RV for a stretch of about 10 miles one time…my first and last time to do that. (I had a standing plan that if anything happened to Rob while he was driving it…death or stroke or any little thing that took him out of the driver’s seat, I would put a for sale sign out and abandon it on the spot. I am not comfortable driving 30 ft vehicles. 🙂 )
The customer service agent assured me that I would like driving the truck…you’re up high, he said. You’ll have a better view, he said. I said it would be fine as long as it was an automatic. My upbringing did not include learning to drive a standard transmission. I was not going to admit to the rep that I would prefer a nice comfortable compact when I could get higher and better for the same price. No, no, I have my pride.
Well I was up high, all right. I’m short, and I had to do a little climbing to get in the thing. You know those running boards are not just cosmetic. I was a little insecure driving something that long. (This is a full size 2 ton truck…at least I think it’s 2 ton. Maybe it’s 1 1/2 ton. I’ve heard of those too. But what do I know? Vehicles with numbers are largely over my head.) But it’s true, I had a great view. I think the other drivers I passed just wanted to stay out of my way.
I proceeded cautiously to the interstate. Now keep in mind, I live in VERY SMALL TOWN Alaska, so I’m not used to driving in heavy traffic these days. I used to be pretty fearless, but now that I don’t do it that often…well, I’m a little intimidated. I can do it, but I prefer to maneuver with a vehicle that’s more my size. I felt like I was in a semi, barreling down the road, peering over the steering wheel.
I don’t have blue hair, and I don’t think anyone would call me a little old lady. But I’ll be ready when the time comes. I know what that feels like now.
I made it to the hotel, and I parked. Alex lives about half a block away, so he’s able to do the driving for the weekend in his car. I’m just glad I don’t have to get in the beast again until Monday, when I go back to the airport. Good thing it was a great rate. Cheaper than a cab or shuttle as it turned out!
And oh yes, the customer service rep mentioned the truck would be good in the snow. Snow? I didn’t expect snow this weekend! I did not pack for a Rocky Mountain spring storm. Guess it’s a shopping opportunity for a sleeve or two. Wonder what else is coming my way?
Happy Mother’s Day to all the women who wear that title and love, nurture, and parent. It’s not a task for the faint of heart. But it’s one of the best jobs around. And I’m glad to celebrate this one with Alex, even if it means driving a big truck. I’m funny that way…I’ll do anything to see my kids!
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What a wonderful blessing to have four generations together to celebrate Mother’s Day! I can tell that it was a special family time.
Thank you! It’s always a joy to be with my kids! Hope your day was wonderful too! ~ Sheila
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Sheila, I laughed so hard when I read, “Imagine my surprise”, becase I did just that. You’ve come a long way from being the meek southern belle I met 27 years ago. I am so proud of you for adapting as needed through the years. Enjoy your time with Alex and be careful in that Ram! You go, girl!
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Ann, you should have seen me this morning! Snowing and nasty roads…I was so happy to return that truck to Hertz un-dented! Just as forecast, there was a spring snow storm yesterday and today.
We’ve both come a long way from our southern roots. I’m sure you could rise to any occasion! Most of the time I just pretend I’m ok to handle whatever is in front of me, then I quietly have my little nervous breakdown after the challenge is done. 🙂 ~ Sheila
Thanks for sharing!
What a nice way to spend your weekend. Your pictures are great.
Thank you Renee! Happy Mother’s Day to you, hope you have a wonderful day. I know this one may be hard since it’s without your mom. Just wanted to say I’m thinking of you! ~ Sheila
I’m wondering why they felt the need to talk you into taking that huge truck?? Were they out of compacts?? Anyway, I love all the family pictures, and that you’re getting to spend time with your son for Mother’s Day! Enjoy your weekend!
Happy Mother’s Day to you Dianna!
I have no idea why I got the big truck! It was funny, first time I’ve ever had any major change to a car reservation. But all’s well!
I know you’ll have a great day with Marshall and Motor Man and your other family that’s nearby! Hope you enjoy! ~ Sheila