It was literally The Father’s Day that wasn’t. . .
It began easy enough;
following Church we went through a Drive-thru Starbucks to ‘BUCK’ up for the trip to Pittsburgh and all went well until it
DIDN’T. . .
Right before the last exit on the Ohio Turnpike to the Pennsylvania Turnpike, the lights were flashing and the power was failing. . .
Psssssssssssssssssssssssssssst of the DAY :
Sometimes the best plans are the one you didn’t even want to make
let alone try to make. . .
It wasn’t a complicated PLAN A,
or all of the other
Letters of the Alphabet,
TRIPLED UP. . .
. . .but there we were;
B R O K E N
D O W N
and even that wasn’t easy. . .
A call to Triple A and we were told that they don’t service broken down vehicles on the turnpike but they would connect us with a Service that could assist us.
A S S I S T
meant up to a $450 tow bill back to our house
or we could choose to chance going 3 miles to get off the turnpike where Triple A then could service us. . .
on the berm of the road going 20 miles an hour with limited power for steering, breaking or chasing the rain off of the windshield;
and after hitting three straight red lights once we got off of the exit we literally rolled into a National Tire & Battery that was thankfully open on a Sunday, Father’s Day afternoon at 3:00 p.m.
All I wanted to do was to see my dad on Father’s Day
but it didn’t happen. . .
I was on the Road that I wanted to take me to a good place
and found myself on quite another Highway that took me to a
. . .and I almost missed
THE LESSON IN THE JOURNEY
I was able to see/experience the Kindness of Strangers
I was able to see/experience that my Trust Issues are really TRUST ISSUES
I was able to see/experience that though I didn’t end up where I set out, I ENDED UP
I never got to see my dad that day, but while waiting in the garage for them to replace my Alternator and Battery I talked to my dad on the phone and
A B S O L U T E L Y
had a conversation that I
in person. . .
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm of the DAY:
Sometimes the best plans are the ones you don’t make. . .
Sitting in that garage on The Father’s Day that wasn’t
I was able to
Count all of the things that could’ve went wrong and didn’t
I was able to make it to the service plaza
I was able to get back on the turnpike
I was able to get off the turnpike
I was able to find a National Tire & Battery that was open on a Sunday till 5:00 p.m.
I was able to be shocked that they actually had the parts on hand
I was able to be with Erin, which is never long enough, to add another chapter in a book we co-author in unusual but amazing ways
I was able to REMEMBER that this isn’t the only time I took a road to find myself on quite another one that was never planned/imagined/understood to find out that I didn’t have to worry or trust in order to have it
OUT. . .
Sometimes the BEST PLANS
are the ones you don’t make
to powerfully find out
(A G A I N)
you’ve been on the
and you had little or nothing to do with it
except to enjoy the RIDE
for a Father’s Day Trip home that never happened
and even more true for the
rest of life
t o o
What’s the RIGHT ROAD. . . ?
It’s not always the One you take
It’s not always the One you want to take
It’s always the ONE
you happen to be on. . .
W O N D E R:
It’s never tough figuring out which way to go if it
R E A L L Y
D O E S N ‘ T
M A T T E R
Sometimes the Road Home
isn’t the one you Choose
Sometimes the Road Home
isn’t the one you GPS’D UP. . .
I T ‘ S
B E T T E R
Here’s the Key to
IT’S ALL ON PURPOSE FOR PURPOSE
T H A T