Author Jo Huddleston

Sweet Southern Romance

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Short-short Vacation

Remember my visit to the beach I blogged about a while back? Turned out to be a “pretend vacation.” We hardly unpacked when I began to feel a little sick. The next day my husband felt the same; and by the next morning, we were too sick to stay and too sick to travel home.

Afraid we would get worse, we decided to head home. He was totally not feeling like driving so our retreat from the beach began with me driving. If you don’t know me personally you can’t understand the possible consequences of me at the wheel. I have a balance problem and ten years ago the doctor strongly advised me not to drive, which I haven’t. Until we started home.

The first third of our trip was not on an interstate and we planned for me to drive until we arrived at the interstate connection. At that connection my husband asked if I would please drive on the interstate to the first rest stop. Me drive on the interstate after ten years of not driving around the block? Oh, boy! I didn’t feel quite as badly as he did, so on I drove. I made it to the rest stop and gladly handed the car keys over to him.

This was certainly a unique and somewhat scary situation for me; could I drive any distance without an incident that would prevent me from continuing? But driving the car was like what they say about riding a bicycle--once you learn, it all comes back to you. If you were traveling that day in our vicinity perhaps you saw that “woman driver” on the interstate doing 60 mph in the right-hand lane. Well, yep that was me and I was conquering my fear—slowly! Angels surely surrounded our car because here I am alive and telling the story.

Have you been required to face one of your fears? How did you feel? Was it scary? If so, I hope you met the challenge and emerged a victor.

"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the must do the thing you think you cannot do." –Eleanor Roosevelt

Till next time … keep on smiling.


  1. Way to go, Jo!! I don't like to drive the Interstates, especially in Atlanta. BUt out away from the city, I don't mind at all. But the hubs tells me I have a lead foot, so if you see a car zoom around you, that's probably me. ;)

  2. Ane, thanks for your comment. It's reassuring to know I can drive if I must. If I see you zoom by I'll wave.