Mother’s Day Road Trip: Day 1–Off We Go!

Hey folks, thanks for joining me on the road!

We started off this morning with, well, a bit of drama–what do you expect, we have Rick and Kaitlin with us! Right after I sent Steve the newsletter to send to you guys, Rick and I left to pick up Megan. We picked up Kaitlin last, thinking that she might need more time than the rest. When we got to her place, she still wasn’t ready, and was still packing her suitcases. “Suitcases!” Rick yelled after he saw what Kaitlin was going to bring. “Look, you have room enough for a bag in the trunk,” Rick explained. We told her the same thing in advance too. They went back and forth arguing about the car, the trunk, the suitcases, etc., until Megan came in and asked, “Hey what’s taking you guys so long?”

After seeing the situation, she played the diplomatic trump card–Kaitlin and Megan looked for a bag that’s better suited (no pun intended) for the trip and repacked Kaitlin’s stuff. She wasn’t happy but Megan told her that they got the essentials so she was satisfied enough to leave. All this time, I was thinking maybe I should’ve flown…

Once we hit the highway, I was relieved to be on the road. I think it’s going to be a pleasant surprise for my mom, and I really like road trips; who doesn’t when you’re cooped up in the city for a long time? I got to thank my friends for coming with me though–without them, I don’t think I could’ve made it. I mean, with the gas prices the way they are, I don’t think I could have afforded it by myself.

We stopped somewhere in West Virginia at a Piggly Wiggly to pick up what I like to call, “the necessities of road trips”–chips, beef jerky, and soda. It was an out-of-this-world experience because as soon as we drove in, people stared at us. It was like going into an old frontier town, in those cowboy movies. I felt all their eyeballs following us into the store. We went around the market picking up things that we wanted. People followed us through the aisles–they didn’t even pretend to be shopping!

Megan bought whatever she needed and headed to the car, and I followed her. Kaitlin looked really bothered by the stares. When Kaitlin came out, she started approaching the people who were staring at us by our car. Rick grabbed hold of her wrist and pulled her towards the car. I saw the people from the store come out to watch us, too. It was getting really creepy. “Ya’ll aren’t from around here, are ya?” said a creepy middle aged man. Good thing, Kaitlin was already in the car. “No sir we ain’t,” replied Rick in a thick Texan accent. He jumped into the car and yelled out, “We’re from The Big Apple!” and he drove the car out of that town as fast as the speed limit permitted. We were all quiet in the car, not knowing whether we should be crying or laughing. Then, Rick started laughing and we all joined in. “Dude, that was creepy,” I told them. “Ya, you can say that again,” reckoned Kaitlin.

We stopped at a diner for lunch a couple hours later. We were almost done eating and Rick and Kaitlin started arguing about the West Virginia incident. The argument heated up and Kaitlin started yelling, Rick at that point stood up and left. “Where are you going? I’m talking to you, cowboy!” yelled Kaitlin, and started following him. Now, I know when Rick gets mad, he won’t really think and just take off. I motioned Megan to get to the car as fast as she could. I cleared the bill and rushed out. As soon as I got into the car, Rick started driving. My door wasn’t even closed properly. Kaitlin was next to him, shotgun, still yelling at him. “I mean what’s up with all those people? We’re no different than them,” Kaitlin said, “And you should’ve just let me be.”

Rick’s driving was dangerously fast. He gets speed crazy when he’s mad. We were passing by cars at a very, very fast rate. Kaitlin realized what was happening, she got quiet and said, “Slow down, Rick,” under her breath. “Rick, calm down man,” I told him, trying not to fuel his anger. “Slow down, Rick,” Megan joined in, “Rick, slow down,” she repeated, she repeated again, and finally the quiet Megan yelled, “RICK SLOW DOWN!!!” I don’t think I’ve heard Megan ever yell. Rick calmed down after that, his driving became steady and we were in normal cruising limits. The rest of the ride was really quiet–it was so quiet that it became boring and I needed a musical distraction–I looked for my iPod but I couldn’t find it anywhere… then i realized that I must’ve left it at the diner as I was rushing out. I told Megan about it and she looked for the menu that she collected. She’s doing a scrapbook of the whole road trip, so she’s collecting things from everywhere… “Oh, there’s a phone number on this. Maybe you can call the diner and ask them?” Thank goodness. Megan’s such a life saver.

When we got into Columbus, OH we decided to call it a night, have dinner and turn in. I guess Rick’s reckless driving made up for our late start in the beginning with Kaitlin’s packing fiasco. I’m still mad about my iPod but we called the diner and they said they’ll mail it to me. I guess I’m going to have to rely on the kindness of strangers.

There was a diner near the motel where we were staying for the night–we decided to go there for dinner. I like going to diners, they all seem to have that “all American” feel to them. There was an old couple that welcomed people and showed them where to sit. It was kind of unusual but later we learned that they had been hosting the diner for a long time. Our weary traveler spirits were lifted when we entered and saw their smiling faces.

After we sat down, I couldn’t help but ask, “There must be an interesting story behind this diner, do you own it?” The old lady smiled again and said, “Why, yes. Hank, my husband and I have been running this diner for ages. Then, we started greeting people after our son, Mike, took over. We couldn’t stay in retirement for long, you see.” She told us that they got married after the war and decided to open up a diner there. Well folks, it hasn’t changed much since that time, I can tell you that. I thought it was a really sweet way to end our first day.

Well, I’ll leave you with this Zen quote tonight, (did you think the blog wouldn’t have quotes?) Louis L’Amour said, “A good beginning makes a good end.” I think we started off pretty well, albeit drama here and there. But that’s all a part of life isn’t it?

Peace,
Bob

Editor, 123Greetings

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40 thoughts on “Mother’s Day Road Trip: Day 1–Off We Go!

  1. Congratulations on being the last writer on the planet to launch a blog. 🙂 Great writing. Hope all goes well on your trip. Come home soon – we miss you already!

    Cheers, Jeanne

  2. Have a great trip, best of luck on the new blog. We are the owners of 43-49 Bleecker St. and look forward to hearing about our old neighborhood, now retired in Las Vegas, NV.
    Have a safe trip and a great mvisit with “MOM”.
    Best, Fred

  3. What an interesting read. How many miles are you going, and how long are you staying? Seems like it is going to take you a few days to get there.

    Dale

  4. I wish to you the best at to your trip, so sweet from you give this surprisse to your mom, have a great time.
    I’m going to follow you since Guatemala city.

  5. i just love this blog, it is really interesting how people get cought up with the lives of complete strangers. But as i always believed; strangers make the best friends.

    good luck 🙂

  6. Hi Bob, u doing good job.Blog seems to be the nicest way to stay connected to ur readers.Have a great trip and yeah keep us posted about u.

  7. Been a fan of the 123 newsletters and this blog adds a whole new dimension to the fun. Keep writing.
    Hope u have a wonderful time with your family on Mother’s day 🙂

  8. Hi,great to read of your wonderful life.Thanks for sharing.I have enjoyed your greetings since I was an activity director in a nursing home.I had to give that up to raise my 3 grandchildren,been a long journey,a lot of struggles and more to come,your greetings and stories give me a smile,thanks mary in s.c.

  9. First I just wanted to tell you that I really like your blog. It’s awsome! Second, I really enjoy reading your weekly news. Sometime, I find it kinda coiney and lame and boring, but I still enjoy reading it. And whenever I get a moment or a break to read outside emails.

    But overall, I think you’re a great writer! Someday, when I go back to school, perhap I might need your assistance to help me write my essay or home work.

    AC

  10. I’m new to 123 greetings and i must say i love what you are doing. Happy to hear you are finally home! Keep up the great job!

  11. really enjoyed reading about your trip, so happy you got to spend time with your Mother. Family is what counts in life,
    going home brings back our childhood again , being in our
    parent’s arms takes away stress, hurts, tiredness, and gives
    you joy in knowing your’re home once again. God bless you
    Bob. Joy

  12. Sir, Your are doing excellant job. Great. Please keep it up and God bless you.

    ram

  13. Dear Sir,
    In resonse to your
    ‘Your comment is awaiting moderation’

    I always look at things positively. I am sure you will do your best and immprove whereever and whenever required.

    ram

  14. Hi,i liked your blog very much & a BIG fan of 123 newsletters,do keep writing more i’ll be waiting Bye.

  15. Hi Bob, Thanks for all job well done, happy 11th anniversary and continue making fun cards. Love yah!!!

  16. Brilliant works from you Bob…really appriciated in each word you make it,its always in touch by heart and continue with all that please!!!
    Again,its GREAT job…CONGRATULATIONS!

  17. Hi Bob,

    I have been using your cards to express my concerns to friends/family on different occasion since long. They are really wonderful and they mean a lot.

    I would like to Congratulate 123Greetings and you for making it to 11th years and recall my memories I have been using cards and reading your weekly. I really like the way of you express. Go on BOB …. all the very best.

  18. Hi Bob,

    I have been using your cards to express my concerns to friends/family on different occasion since long. They are really wonderful and they mean a lot.

    I would like to Congratulate 123Greetings and you for making it to 11th years and recall my memories I have been using cards and reading your weekly. I really like the way of you express. Go on BOB …. all the very best

    Your blog gave me the meaning of BLOG for the first time, I try to write one of mine hence.

  19. HI BOB!
    CONGRATS FOR YR 11TH B-DAY, MOM’S DAY, FATHER’S DAY WHATEVER IT IS V R ABLE TO BE IN TOUCH WHOM WE WANT THRU YR. SITE, ITS INVINCIBLE. EVERYTIME I OPEN IT ALWAYS GET SOMETHING NEW JUST LIKE A NEW MEAL EVERYDAY A CHILD OR ADULT WOULD LIKE TO HAVE IT, FOOD CAN FILL OUR APPITITE BUT YOUR SITE IS ALWAYS WITH SOMETHING NEW , INNOVATIVE N INTERESTING SO OUR INTEREST IS NEVER GONE WHENEVER WE COME TO YR. SITE.
    WISHING YOU AGAIN 4 B-DAI AS U R 11 YRS OLD, BUT KEEP US GIVING NEW THING EVERY TIME AS U HAVE BEEN DOING.

  20. ” HAPPY TO SHARE & ENJOY WTH U`RE NEWS LETTERS & UTLISING E-ORDS IN ALL OATIONS”

    LONG LIVE,
    RAMAM

  21. “” Dear Sr,
    Happy to share your NEWS LETTERS by readng & enjoying & may be the almghty bless you to ontinue for ever””

  22. Dear sr,
    “HAPPY TO SHARE & ENJOY WITH YOUR NEWS LETTERS BY READING & MAY BE THE LORD BLESS YOU TO CONTNUE FOR EVER”

  23. hay guys,
    it’s time to show love to our mothers and this exactly 123greetings is doing…showing love on every occasion and it’s helping a lot.keeping love ones and extending regards always.
    editor bob,i love you and your team.stay blessed and i wish you a very good afternoon.

  24. Hi Bob!!! I like your stories so much!!! Mostly because I learn English and your exciting stories really help me in my English! And also I’ve been to the US last summer, so it’s just a pleasure for me to read what you write about. Your writing style is so amusing much better that in our English books which stimulate me to learn English!!!
    Thank you very much for your stories!!!
    I wish I could meet you in real life…

  25. Just would like to take this chance to tell that your website 123greetings is truly great.
    keep in up & all the very best in your life.
    cheer,
    Shireen Lim from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

  26. Your mother is one very lucky woman – having such a great son like you!
    I love the basket of carnations my first-born (33yr old son) bought me on Mothers’ Day. I am still “watering” them and re-doing the arrangements happily, well past “Mothers Day!”
    Mothers love attention from their children!

  27. Hi Bob, welcome back to New York . Well, 123 greetings are the best way to express your deep feelings & you are doing really the best job. so keep on continuing…………

    good luck

  28. Hi Bob,
    Congratulations on completing the trip to your mother’s place successfully.I really enjoyed reading about it.Looking forward to a zillion more posts on your blog.I think you’re a great writer!
    Wish you the best….. 🙂

  29. it’s been great reading ur articles,love the zen quotes at the end!
    nice of u to surprise ur mom on mom’s day.I got a surprise too…my daughters sent a delicious heartshaped strawberry dotted vanilla cake and a beautiful hand bouquet of red roses to my office much to the envy of my colleagues, asked them why office not home they said bcos only me n hubby at home to finish the cake so they decided to share it with all the mums in the office…really touched me deeply, how thoughtful of them.
    made me proud.
    do keep writing for our njoyment and all the best to 123Greetings for many more good years ahead!

  30. hi,
    Thanks for helping me to convey my message to my son on his birthday.God bless you.

  31. dear bob just want to thank you for sharing your experiences w/ us ; im from fresno and was surpise to know your’e mom lives in pasadena and for you to travel that far you are a good son. i hope to hear more from you GOD BLESS YOU AND YOU CREW!!

  32. Hey mothersss day is awesome….i love my mother…….bob i like the write up….its cute!:)

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