MY DAY: Road trip to Hoosierland

By 5:30 AM Thursday morning I was on the road to Indiana to visit Mother.

I arrived call mom with little traffic effort, at 9:15 AM.

As I was waiting on a traffic light about 15 minutes before reaching Mother, I read a post on my Facebook page from her that requested a photograph of all four of my dogs since she only had photos of three. The funny thing was, I had already put a photograph of The Quartet in a frame in her goodie bag.

We spent about an hour chatting And then moved on to Watseka, Illinois where we met up with our family friend, Nancy Sumner, who drove down from Chicago to spend the day with us. We chatted for two hours at a park and then moved on to a Chinese lunch.

I left Mother’s nursing home at 3:15 PM and drove to Forrestville Cemetery in northern Madison County to visit the grave sites of my grandparents, great grandparents, great great grandparents, and great great great grandparents. Actually, I paid my respects to six generations on my mother’s side, as well as the gravesite of my great uncle who is killed after a fall from a horse at age15 and 1937.

At the last minute I decided to head 7 miles to my hometown, Elwood Indiana. It was the first time in six years that I had been back. I drove by several meaningful sites and finished off the brief pass-thru by visiting with Linda and Chuck Kane, and their grandson, Alex, who is the son of my friend, Brent. The Kanes own Lucky Strike Bowling Alley where I spent many years of my youth and my all time favorite eatery, Pizza King. It was wonderful to catch up with the beautiful folks.

A few more cemetery stops, a dinner buffet at The I-69 / IN-28 truck stop and I was fully en route to Dayton, arriving just shortly after 11:00 PM. The car was returned to Enterprise after a stop at Bill’s Donuts to send one to my son in California and the other to be enjoyed at the homecoming game tomorrow evening.

A fantastic day and many thanks to Mother, Nancy, Linda, Chuck, and Alex for making it memorable and so happy.

About Wright Flyer Guy

Darin is a single adoptive father, a teacher, playwright, and musical theatre director from Kettering, Ohio.
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