Linda Wood Rondeau

Snark & Sensibility

SOMETIMES WE JUST NEED TO TURN OFF THE GPS
Monday, April 1, 2019 by LINDA WOOD RONDEAU

 

 

Having the Prime of My Life

 

 

Life is full of wrong turns.

 

A friend of mine said she’d be so lost if she were driving. Truth is so would I without a GPS. Then again, I manage to get lost even with Chatty Cathy hollering at me to turn left, turn right, and giving me fair warning ahead.

That’s not surprising when I often become disoriented in a mall. Many is the time I come out of a side store and think I’m heading toward the end cap and wind up at the food court instead. I grab a doughnut and coffee, justified by the additional steps I’ll have to take to walk back to where I wanted to go in the first place and start the journey over.

Back in the days when I first started driving, we used road maps. When I wanted to take a trip, I pulled out my Atlas, wrote down the directions and headed out. Problem is, I don’t know North, South, East or West when I’m on the road. I suppose I should have installed a huge compass on the dashboard. I’d read the road map only to realize, I read it upside down and ended up ten miles north instead of ten miles south.

Just like Chatty Cathy recalculates and eventually turns me around, I always managed to get to my final destination…eventually. Sometimes I found little treasures I would not have found if I hadn’t become directionally challenged.

Where’s the fun in always knowing where you want to go?


Photo by Kirsi Färm on Unsplash
Used by Permission

Sometimes I take a purposeful, spur-of-the-moment, side trip…not knowing where I’m going or where I’ll end up—and with no GPS or road map. Just trying to remember what street I turn onto when and retracing my steps. Obviously, I’ve always managed to find my way back…unlike Charlie on the MTA, I did return.

On one of those unplanned excursions, I ended up at a flea market barn…huge one…and I bought a picture. I enjoyed the artwork for many years before our retirement caused a need to downsize.

Have you ever taken a wrong turn and wound up in Adventureland? I’d love to hear about it. 

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