Friday, April 29, 2011

One More Road Trip

On Fridays, I like to visit Lisa-Jo's blog, Gypsy Mama, because that is when she has her "Write for 5 Minutes" linky party. She challenges fellow bloggers to just write, without stopping to edit and obsess over each word...just to let the ideas flow...for five minutes and stop. Then the scary part: you have to post what you wrote. 

Lisa-Jo's 5-Minute writing prompt this week is "If I knew I could, I would"...kind of a fun one, don't you think?  So, here I go...first time trying this...

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If I knew I could, I would pack up my little camper and drive it up to heaven. Once there, I would pick up my sister, Nancy, for just one more "Sister's Road Trip". Off we would go, through the clouds, to a remote lake where we could set up camp for a few days of quiet time together. We would bring a big stack of books with us, our cans of Tab, our matching "Sisters Road Trip" t-shirts, and a tub of  "Cheese Balls" to share... like we always do. We'd start a campfire, unfold our gravity chairs, choose from the stack of books, and sit together reading until it gets too dark to see.

Then we would set our books aside and talk. I'd ask her what heaven is like. Has she seen Grammy and Grampa? She'd ask me how everybody back in Maine is doing. Is Kit OK? How was Christmas? Did Hank make his Grasshopper Pie for Easter? Did William ever marry Kate? Who are the finalists on American Idol? We'd talk until we were almost asleep and the fire had burned out....just remembering what it was like...to spend one more precious evening together.

TIME'S UP

15 comments:

Carol said...

What a nice tribute to the bond you have had (still have) with your sister! I like your thoughts about one more camping trip with Nancy.

Blessings!

Jo said...

~sad~..but so happy you have lots of memories,yall had a special relationship,more than sisters.

I enjoyed your writings!
~Jo
LazyonLoblolly

She Marks In Red said...

I have a little sister, and we've been talking about going on a road-trip for years. Just the two of us. We've always been together, and reading your post makes me eager to make that trip happen soon. Maybe we'll make matching t-shirts, too. Thanks for sharing, Cheryl.

Laurel said...

Wow...sniff, sniff...so sorry for your loss but so glad you have such special memories to "visit". Thanks for stopping by my blog...have a great weekend! Blessings, Laurel

Lindsey V said...

Oh! I just want to reach out and hug you! I can't even imagine how the feeling of living without your sister must be. I love the journey you painted in your words here. I could picture every step!

Mama Bear said...

What a beautiful post. I am so sorry for your loss. It makes me want to try to reconnect with my sister again, too, to take one of our road trips together to GA again. How do things like that which are so important always seem to end up on the back burner?

LV said...

A great way to vent any frustration and bring back memories.

Coloradolady said...

This sounds like the perfect day to me! Hugs sweet friend. I know how you feel.

MeMeSue said...

Damn Cheryl!! And she'd be super duper happy to see you! Now I have tears in my eyes.....

Patty Ann said...

I love the way you would use your moments. Nothing is quite as powerful as love.

Chan said...

Hi Cheryl, I love your post. So beautiful and touching. It brought tears in my eyes. Beautiful to see the love of sisters for eachother. Luckily you have such great memories.
Blessings, Chan.

A Cottage Muse said...

Hi Cheryl...loved your story today! I often think sometimes how much I would have to tell my parents "if they ever came back".

Looking forward to seeing some of your photos of The Casita!

Thanks so much for visiting and enjoy your weekend!

Lakeesha said...

I Love this post and Gypsy Mama's idea of just letting our mind flow.

Make it a great day!
Thanks for participating in Don't Forget About You Friday's. It's greatly appreciated.

Your Blog Girlfriend,

Lakeesha

Anonymous said...

I'll go on that sister's road trip with you and will even build the fire.
Andi

Cheryl said...

Just so everyone knows...Andi is sister #2 and we are definitely going on that road trip together this summer...Andi will build the fire and I'll make the S'mores...anyone want to join us???
Cheryl