Meeting Milestones With Miles: Happy Next Birthday To Me
I have a Milestone birthday coming up in 2013. We shan’t discuss which one, but it’s a biggie. I’m trying to think how best to celebrate this. A friend who’s gone before suggested that the celebrating last all year, with something special every month. Heck yeah, I’m all for that! There will definitely be a party. But what else?
Back story: I was born in Dixie land (and I still know all the words, left coast upbringing and all). I left at the age of 9, but I’ve hankered to go back all my life. I may be a California girl through and through, but a little bit of my heart is still in Dixie. My earliest memories are of the Virginia Tech duck pond and fireworks in front of Burress Hall. Mabry Mill and apple butter, and the Blue Ridge Mountains.
And then I had an epiphany. The most fabulous, brilliant, wonderful idea. I’m great at hatching fabulous and brilliant and wonderful ideas, by the way. Sometimes they happen, sometimes they don’t. But if you don’t write them down, they’ll never happen. And thus, I write.
I have now waved goodbye to THREE close friends who have
abandoned me moved to Franklin, TN.
And, one of my oldest friends, going all the way back to the very day of my birth, lives in Thurmont, MD.
If you look at a map, you will see why I got so excited.
What’s in the middle? Blacksburg. Virginia Tech. The Blue Ridge Parkway. Dixie.
How totally amazing and wonderful would it be to fly into Nashville, hoot it up with my gal pals, and then road trip the 660 miles to Maryland? So many wonderful things along the way, reconnecting with my roots only being one of them. The road is peppered with friends and stopping places. If I can convince one (or all ) to come along for the ride, then we’re talking stratospheric. Legendary, unforgettable. Which is how milestone birthdays should be, don’t you think?