We just packed up our lives. We’re moving from California to Nashville, TN. BACKTRACK here.
Josh and I had a long road ahead of us. We romanticized the idea of traveling the 1,300 miles to get to our girls on the way to moving to Nashville. I mean, who doesn’t love the idea of a roadtrip?!
Road TRIP!!!! Tunes and snacks galore, not to mention the many mindless hours to just chill and see God’s creation. It all seems so poetic until you are actually on the road and you just find yourself eating out of boredom and having to pee all the time. Not exactly the pioneering paradise we dreamt about.
I’ll admit, I was mostly clinging to my husband’s expectations. This was actually my fourth time to drive cross-country, and so I knew the lack-luster feeling of just wanting to GET THERE. As much as I tried to revive the Jack Kerouac in me, I grew anxious and annoyed with each mile, trying to summon my patience with beef jerky and twizzlers.
We stopped at his folks in Arizona the first night. That was emotional in and of itself, because it would be the last of the good-byes that fell into the category of “not-knowing-exactly-when-we-will-see-you-next” and I just hate that. It’s always so much easier to say good-bye when you can at least tell yourself how long it will be until you say hello again. But, we forged ahead, 6 hours down, and many more to go.
We stayed at a crappy hotel (hey, I call ‘em like I see ‘em) where I’m pretty sure there was a coyote graveyard in the back and meth being sold in the ditch out front. In other words, it was lovely. But, we survived and showered, and got back on the road as soon as possible. About 5 more hours into the next day, we got a flat tire on the moving trailer.
Now, let me tell you, if you are going to break down somewhere, you probably aren’t going to want it to be in a place named Hooker (Oklahoma). But, seeing as we had no choice to the matter, we did break down there. So, as we waited for Penske to come to our rescue, I climbed up into the moving truck and kept Josh and the cats company.
Ah, yes – didn’t I mention? We were traversing with 2 CATS. They were just as giddy about the long car rides as I was (okay, not even that much) and thrilled to be parked on the side of a windy highway where we were suddenly at a halt. Ugh. The only thing worse than sitting in a car and traveling at a slow pace is sitting in a car and not moving at all.
Penske came to our rescue, changed out the tire, and we were back on the road having lost only our patience and two hours of travel time. All in all, we were grateful to be in one piece and keeping our cats alive. Not only that, but we were inching our way closer to sweet reunion with our girls.
I’ve never been happier to see such silly, squealing girls. They ran out to greet us, and it was like Christmas and my birthday all in one. They looked bigger and louder and much more happy than I remembered them. They molded like butter into my arms, and my aching heart that was so empty from all the good-byes in California was urgently bursting with completion.
Our family was together. Our family was whole again. Our family was ready to embark on the final adventure towards our new life.
Nashville or bust.
Nashville or bust.