Tuesday, March 10, 2015

On the road again?


When I was a little girl and I saw Dad hunched over, elbows on knees, nursing strong black coffee and gazing out the window, I knew. Wanderlust grabbed him by the ankles, tripped him up when he was supposed to be working, held his mind hostage and made him yearn for the open road. Call it spring fever or anything you want. It is a malady for those of us who seek stimulation in the form of travel.

He fought the urge through spring, and usually by the last week of school, we were on the road again, report cards in hand, headed for a new adventure. We never traveled fancy. Dad would toss my mattress in the back of his panel car, and off we'd go...somewhere, anywhere his rambling soul carried him.

I have a bit of that restlessness in me. Tomorrow it is supposed to be 67 degrees. Talk about spring fever. I can't wait to get outdoors. I need a change of scenery.

Right now I want a new couch, and wouldn't mind a new house, in a new town, but I know only one of those things is even remotely possible. If we postpone the couch purchase, maybe I can plop down in sand for a few days and wash away my cares in the deep blue sea. A girl can yearn.

12 comments:

Karen Lange said...

I've a bit of spring fever too. Cannot vacation now, but I will get outside and enjoy the weather. Hope you get out and get that change of scenery!

Shelly said...

I'm with you! There's too much to see to stay planted in one spot.

Kim said...

As a former nomad, I absolutely understand the desire to start over in a sunnier place (even if it's not always sunny). For almost two decades, I didn't Spring clean - I moved.

Val said...

I hope you can hold off until you help your young students catch a leprechaun!

Bookie said...

So understand the feeling. I am ready for spring but mostly to just sit outside...being on the road urge hasn't hit yet!

Susan said...

Hi Linda...I think long, hard winters encourage wanderlust. I'd be ready to jump in the car and roll, too. To anywhere. Thanks for all your sweet visits. Susan

Sioux said...

Linda--What a sweet story about your dad. (And your new photo--you look faaabulous.)

Pearl said...

It's a yearning time of year, isn't it? :-)

We traveled in the station wagon, piles of blankets and bags of sandwiches...

Pearl

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Love your new photo!

The beach is always a worthwhile dream and destination. I'm right there with you, Linda, toes in the sand. *sigh*

K9friend said...

The thought of sunshine and a warm breeze is positively tantalizing, isn't it? I guess if you live someplace where the weather is always wonderful, you don't appreciate the seasonal changes like we Midwestern folks do.

Pat
Critter Alley

Tammy said...

This little post was like a small vacation all its own. You have me dreaming along with you.

Daisy said...

We are supposed to hit 64 degrees today--the warmest it has been since November. I can understand that springtime wanderlust.