Stephanie put the car into drive and pulled away from the curb. She had no destination in mind, just a much needed drive out of town for a bit. She was only a few blocks from the highway that led out of town. She snapped off the radio as her head and heart were both pounding. He was drunk again, this time at 3 in the afternoon. Did he start the minute he woke up after his night shift?
She drove out of town and took the first gravel road to the South. This road would connect up with another highway that would lead her back to town, but she had a good three miles stretch that was all hers. She slowed the car and without letting go of the wheel screamed as loud as she could for as long as her breath held out. It was a cathartic release of all the stress and anger she had building up. It was either that or collapse in deep heaving sobs and cry for an hour or more. She didn’t want to cry. She had already shed enough silent tears when she showered. This was her one other release.
She took a couple of deep breaths and let out another long and loud scream as she continued down the road. No other cars or people around to hear her and it was such a needed release. She took another deep breath and let out a third scream almost cracking her voice as she neared the stop sign. She then took a couple deeper breaths and, in a whisper, said, “someday this will all end… soon I hope.” Then she turned the car onto the highway and headed back to home.
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – cathartic
The car sat idling on the shoulder of the roadway. Betsy was trying to use an old-fashioned map to find her route and it wasn’t going well. Mike leans over and says, “Just let me check my phone it will be faster.”
Betsy shook her head and said, “This is supposed to be a no electronics weekend. I hate to give up already and fall back on the Google Gods.”
“It really is no big deal Betsy. I will just check the map online and then we can get to our hotel before dark.”
“Just please give me five more minutes to try to locate. 287th street. Please?”
“Okay, five more minutes then I am turning my phone on.”
Betsy began to concentrate on the map again. Suddenly she pushed her finger down on the map and said. “Found it! We only have about a mile to go and we will be back on the highway. Then it is just a matter of about 20 minutes, and we will be there!”
Signaling she returned to the road. And took what would be the worst drive of her life.
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – map
At one time he was her best friend. For a short time, they almost became lovers. But always they had a bond stronger than any family ties they could have had. As she drove on the highway headed into the mountains he was heavily on her mind. He had always promised to show her the mountain for the first time. He said he wanted to see her face when she drank in the majestic vision. I guess he was keeping his promise in a way. The only problem was she was going to say goodbye to him at his funeral.
Written for Fandango’s Flash Fiction Challenge #29 (FFFC)
They took a drive to the country. She asked, “What are we doing out in the boondocks’?”
“Just be patient,” he replied.
“It really is beautiful this time of year. Finally seeing all this green after such a long winter makes me want to capture it forever,” she said while holding her phone up, to take a picture. “But you’re going too fast,” she said with a little laugh.
In a short distance he slowed the car and turned up a gravel drive. “We are here,” he announced.
“Oh, this is a beautiful little place! Who lives here,” she asked?
He removed papers from the glove box and said, “This bucolic setting is now ours. Happy anniversary dear!”
Written for Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) – bucolic
One of my favorite months is upon us. I love the wonder of the holidays. How it can light up young and old alike. The weather is (usually) starting to change the world white and frosty. And the promise of a new year is just around the corner. This is the final month of my attempt to find the things that make me happy and grateful every day for a year… I have mixed emotions that it will be ending. Please join me these last few days and post your happiness and gratitude in the comments or on your own blog. There is always some good in the day no matter how small.
I am playing catch-up this afternoon before I end up 3 days behind. I almost always post my daily prompt poems first but “theory” is giving me troubles… maybe I am using up all my words in all the Christmas letters I am writing and there is nothing left for a poem. LOL
Monday was busy. I had to drive out-of-town to see my doctor to get my prescriptions renewed. The powers that be are in negotiations right now as to whether or not that clinic will continue accepting my insurance next year. It may have been one of my last visits with that doctor and that makes me sad. I am so grateful for her and all she has done for me… I hope and pray I will still be able to see her next year.
After our trip out-of-town my boyfriend and I did a little Christmas shopping. We are now done with his side of the family, started on my daughter and have a couple of ideas for my side. It made me happy to get some of that finished.
After the stressful drive and shopping I had to have a day of recovery. I was so tired I napped nearly two hours! I almost napped again later in the day too, but managed to stay awake. I was grateful it was an easy day with nothing going on too pressing to get done.
I did however work a little bit more on Christmas cards and letters and took the first batch of 7 cards to the mailbox. I am happy I am making steady progress with them. I just hope I don’t run out of steam and end up sending them out late.
Ok… I have to try to work some more with “theory” and there are more letters to write. I really hope to get back to WordPress tonight and stay on top of my posts… I make no promises though. Remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude. Have a wonderful night/day!
July brings fireworks, picnics, pools and air conditioning. It is a time for those of us in the USA to celebrate our “birthday” and a personal time for me to celebrate life. It is hot and humid days and thunderstorms cooked up at night. I am continuing my challenge to find happiness and gratitude in every day. Join along in the comments or on your own blog. There is always good in every day.
Today was another drive into the city for a doctor appointment. I think I may have found the perfect appointment time. I was between towns for most of the lunch rush and out of the city well before off work rush hour. I hate driving in all that traffic. I was grateful to make the trip without incident.
My boyfriend also saw his doctor today and I took my Dad to the clinic for a blood test. It was doctor day I guess. But everyone seemed to check out ok so I was happy about that.
Sinuses are killing me tonight. I think I will try some nasal spray and then head of to dream land. The hour plus car drive takes a lot out of me. Hope you all have a good night or day depending on where you are. Stay grateful!
June brings warmer weather and the start of summer. Hopefully it brings many ideas from my muse too. I continue to write for my challenge to find the things that make me happy and grateful each day this year. Please feel free to join me in this challenge with comments about your happiness and gratitude or start your own blog. There is always something good to find in each day.
Today was the drive to the city… if you take the interstate there it is about a 45 minute drive. I have too much anxiety with the heavy traffic and high speeds so I take the highway and go through town. It about doubles the drive time, but I can handle it a little better. I survived the drive and had a good talk with the doctor about my depression and anxiety. She decided to up the dosage on my Abilify. Let’s hope it helps. I am happy the drive there and back, though stressful, was without incident.
The rest of the day was for recovery – taking an anxiety pill, putting my feet up in the chair and watching another episode of Banshee. My boyfriend fixed an amazing dinner of honey Dijon chicken, sweet potato fries and broccoli. I am grateful that he likes to cook and takes that task out of my hands. He is a very good cook.
Now I am finishing writing this with no internet access… I hope it comes back up before I go to sleep. If not I will post it tomorrow as soon as I can. Hope you all feel grateful!
This is February and I am well on my way to attaining a goal I set for myself. I am trying to post every day with happiness and gratitude that I have encountered that day. There is always something no matter how small it may seem that we can be grateful for and even just a shared smile can make you happy if only for a moment. Please try to find those moments for yourself too… if you’re up to it I would love if you would share them too in the comments or your own blog. Being aware can really turn a day around!
My boyfriend and I decided to take advantage of the nice weather and take a short drive tonight. We drove about 20 miles south to find the closest town that had an Outback Steakhouse. We had received a gift card for Christmas but had yet to use it since it is not in town. So we drove south and had a wonderful filling meal. The nice thing too is that it is the same town where my daughter works at the coffee shop so we stopped after dinner to see her and get a drink for the trip back.
I was happy we could make the trip without worrying about the weather this time of year. And grateful for my boyfriend’s mom who gave us the gift card to use in the first place. It was good food and good company and a special treat afterwards. Do you have a restaurant you will go out of your way for on occasion for a special treat?
Today’s moment of happiness was a temporary feeling of freedom. I had a destination, but it still felt for a little while that I was on the road to freedom. I was in control of the car. I was in control of the radio, the windows open – hair blowing in the wind, where I would go to reach my destination. I was free for a moment. I was on the open road. I had no concerns except what the other cars were doing. Just that 10 minute drive was enough to give me a little joy on a pretty ordinary day.