A Trip for Him
She drove away from Midland with nothing much on her mind. She sang songs from Pandora since stations this far out were scarce. She had chosen to create an Eagles station on Pandora and song after song reminded her of the purpose for this trip. When “Take It Easy” came on she laughed and thought of him.
She finally stopped for gas in Amarillo to insure she would have enough to get to the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest without worry. Now her mind wondered and she soon found herself thinking of him again. Although he had always been a part of her life, she felt like she had only really gotten to know him recently. Spending this past year in his house was a blessing and a challenge. Day by day, she learned not only about who he was presently, but also about his past. What she thought she knew seemed real before, but the more she learned of him, the less she really knew. He loved his music and soon, though endless hours of listening to it, she came to love it, too.
She slept peacefully through the night and after a filling breakfast, she headed to her destination. She drove slowly through town. When she got to the center of town, she took in the sights of the small, unobtrusive square. For being such a renowned place, it really was quiet and quaint. There really wasn’t much to see, but that really didn’t matter to her because she, like everyone else who visited here, was only looking for one corner.
Dad had met mom here 42 years ago. He had been in the hardware store when he saw her sitting on the bed of her father’s truck. Instantly, the song came to his mind and he approached her. He wasn’t sure how she would respond if he just asked if she was the girl from the song, but what could it hurt. It seemed like a silly thing to do to him back then, but it worked beautifully and now, their daughter was here collecting memories for him.
When she had finished, she packed up her tripod and began back to the truck. On the way she decided to stop in the coffee shop. She ordered a latte, which she was not only surprised they had, but was also pleasantly surprised at how good it was. While sitting there, she texted her sister to let her know all was well and to check on dad. He was fine but was worried about her and her mysterious trip. She sent hugs, kisses and love then headed for the door.
She had not even thought about that. It never even occurred to her that she was driving a flatbed, or the fact that she herself had been standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona. She chuckled and thought, “Maybe this is what dad meant when he said that meeting mom was like a line from a song!” With a bit of curiosity she looked up to meet his eyes and smiled.