Mother’s Day and other adventures

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!

That son of mine

That son of mine

My ride for the weekend

My ride for the weekend

Generations: My mom, my daughter, my granddaughter

Generations: My mom, my daughter, my granddaughter

The Jack & Riley show

The Jack & Riley show

Riley girl

Riley girl

Little Jack

Little Jack

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10 thoughts on “Mother’s Day and other adventures

  1. Pingback: Snow or sun: Happy Mother’s Day! | Marge Katherine

  2. 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

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    • 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

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  3. 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!

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    • 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

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