Recharging my iPod and Me


Thursday was a travel day. Two hours on the road, followed by 2 short airplane hops. A lot of hurry-up-and-wait. And some bumpy flights.

All the while my mind keeps running a tape in the background:

  • This IS the right travel day, right?
  • The airline IS expecting me, yes?
  • I’m flying on WHICH airline this time?
  • Did the sneakers get packed or are they still sitting on the bedroom floor?
  • Liquids packed correctly?
  • Photo ID is where?

Check and double-check.

It wasn’t all bad, though.

I was in great voice on the ride to the airport. I sound pretty good at 70 MPH! 🙂

I met and got to know the abridged life stories of at least three fellow travelers:

  • a pretty blond psychologist going to DC to visit her fiancé
  • a middle-aged man who spends more time traveling than he does at the home because he and his wife no sooner finished building their dream house than he got a long-term assignment in Syracuse and will be there for months
  • and a lovely elderly woman from Alliance, OH heading to her grandaughter’s in Milwaukee, returning Tuesday. Her overnight case got stuck in the overhead bin and we were all stuck on the plane in Detroit until two strong young men, with a 40-ish woman barking directions at them, dislodged it.

I had a good traveling companion, an excellent song that played through my head the whole day.*

In many ways, this single DAY of travel was like the trip we’ve been on for 2/3’s of a year since the CLL diagnosis. Hurry-up-and-wait. Bumps. Deciding what’s needed and what isn’t. Checking and double-checking. At the same time, there have been interesting new people I would not have met otherwise. And often, excellent songs as traveling companions.

So I’m in Wisconsin. My iPod is recharging. So am I. And we both have more travels on the horizon.


*”For Good” from the Broadway show “Wicked”

About Marilyn

Reading, thinking, listening, writing and talking about faith, creativity, ESL for refugees, grief and finding the story in a story. Student of Spanish. Foe of procrastination. Cheez-it fan. People person with hermit tendencies or vice-versa. Thank you so much for reading.
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2 Responses to Recharging my iPod and Me

  1. Belinda says:

    Happy trails to you! I’m glad you can’t hear me singing. You might want to pop the i pod into your ears. 🙂


  2. Marilyn says:

    As I recall you are a very enthusiastic singer.

    I received a lot of email from this post. Is it because people relate to being good singers at 70 MPH? 🙂

    I’ve been without Internet for a few days and am just now catching up. Thanks for the good wishes! It was a therapeutic time away. I returned energized.


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