Good news is that we made it to Holiday, Florida, 900+ miles, without any food spoilage, without any problems, and with a good nights sleep in Dothan Alabama at yes, another La Quinta. Another reason to like La Quinta....with a La Quinta Card, you earn points....we have stayed at so many La Quintas lately that last nights stay was a whole $15 plus $1.50 in taxes. And we still have points coming in from our last stay in Little Rock. Sweet! Of course, some of us can remember when Motel 6 was only $6, a bit more if you wanted a better room that included toilet paper (just a joke there....about the toilet paper, not the price....)
Other Good News, they have made some progress with the Motor Home. Found a broken wire, found a better place to wire into to replace that wire, but still unsure if it all will work once the new wire is run, and unsure if more things got broken than that which did brake while they diagnosed the problem. Told the guy that we were on our way to Wednesday night church and that we would pray for the motor home and all the workers at Cummins....he said thanks. Bad news, we forgot about the baptisms they were doing at the beach, so when we got to church no one was there. So we enjoyed our Chic-fil-A and headed home.
Now for the Sad, Sad, Sad News. Being home in the Condo means that my little Skruffy cannot be with me. Condo HOA rules don't allow it. I know she is in good hands over at Marcia's brothers house....and I know I am in GREAT hands myself with Marcia, but I think both of us are going to have some big time separation anxiety. Skruffy came into my life 3 1/2 years ago....a rescue saved from the dangerous streets of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. (In 2009, Pine Bluff was ranked by Morgan Quitno Press as the most dangerous metropolitan area in the U.S. and included on the Forbes list of America's ten most impoverished cities. -- source: Wikipedia) She immediately latched onto me, and we have not been apart very often since then. She went to the Library (I was a Library Director) just about every day. We went on trips together where she would stay in a doggie day care while I attended meetings. She welcomed Marcia and Bubba into our home back in 2011 with open arms, err, paws. The good thing for her, she is in a house with three other dogs and two cats, three adults and two kids. And they are only ten minutes away, and I plan to see her every day. But there is no doubt that both Marcia and I will miss not only little Skruffy, but Bubba too. Speaking of which, Bubba's leg is much better, the daily medicine we got from Pet Smart really helps his joints working.
With that....I just have to share one of my favorite pictures of Skruffy....ya gotta love that look...
Now for the WHYs in life.....
Monday night Marcia and I were just headed over to the Chili's Restaurant near the motel we were at, and my daughter Stephanie calls. She is in Little Rock, not too far away, and I invite her to come eat with us...which she does. Since she is headed to Utah in a few days, she asked that I look over her car, which I do. All looked good, except for the need for window washer and her spare mini tire needed air. She drives off and we head to the motel. Shortly after I get settled in at the motel, there is a call from her...she got in a wreck on the freeway....and the words that a daddy cannot ignore...."can you come down here???" "Of course, will be right there...what exit are you near....you sure you are ok....." and out the door I go. Bottom line....guy stops in front of a pickup, which rams into that car, and she hits the back of the pickup but keeps the guy behind her from hitting her by not slamming on her breaks all the way. No one is hurt. She gets a ticket. Her car is totaled. She does not carry collision since the car has over 200k miles on it.
We don't know WHY tragic things happen to people...they are just part of life. You travel down a highway, your motor home goes dark, and everything is in an upheaval. Or like her, you are just traveling home after a nice get-together with dad, and BAM, your life changes. Oh, it could have been way worse, and we all know that. We are all thankful that Marcia and I were just traveling a small business freeway, and not stuck out in the middle of a rush-hour freeway, or headed down a 9% grade. We all know that there are many traffic accidents which end up in injury, even death. But here my little daughter, who I love way more than I love my dog....but don't let Skruffy know that, just wrecked her car. She has been working two jobs for many months now trying to get back on her feet so that she can return to her 5th+ year of college. She has two jobs lined up in Utah, she HAS to have a car to get to the jobs. And her car has just been totaled..... The good news is that she has cousin who is going to let her live with her and her family for awhile. She has a friend who has an extra "beat-up car" that she can drive until she can earn just a bit more money to buy another car. But she asked me WHY.....and I just don't have an answer other than to say that the Lord has blessed her in so many ways, and that trials are a part of life....and trials last an entire lifetime....you just have to make the best of it, try not to let it get you down, and if you are lucky, you have family there to help, and if you believe, than you KNOW that you have HIM carrying you along. I am just glad that she knows that....and that she was not hurt....and that I was able to be there for her in her time of need.
|Love Ya Girl!|