Wednesday, July 7, 2010

There Doesn't Seem to be Anyone Around

As I was driving back from a long journey to Phoenix, somewhat irked by the fact that I was making an hour journey to deliver diapers, I scanned my twelve preset radio stations, and backtracked immediately after passing an unpassable tune. Bohemian Rhapsody. Anyone who's anyone knows it by heart, and my inner diva was let loose. My passenger Raheem was startled by the fluctuating volumes coming from my mouth and was doing the cute-dog-head-tilt on a loop. I then scanned my stations again, and to my ultimate enjoyment, Beastie Boys! I think I was on a bit of a high because my body just had to move to the beats; it was Beastie Boys after all. I have to admit, it's been a long time since I've let loose in the car. I guess continuosly listening to the Wiggles or Princess Storybook has completely overtaken my music listening experience in the car. It was nice to be alone.

And then my mind began to wander to other times I've enjoyed the feeling of being all alone. In high school I used to take my bike out for late night cruises. I'd make a loop from my house, around to Auto Center, then cruise down Main Street. I loved being alone, cruising down the middle of the road without a car or person in sight, in the middle of the night.

Then I remembered a time in Flagstaff when I was going to school. Again, it was late at night, I went for a jog (not safe, I know) and it started to snow. No wind, no noise, just gently falling snowflakes in the night. I stopped my jog and began to stroll enjoying all I could of the moment.

I thought it funny that these moments have always stuck with me, but I hope I never forget them. They were times when I had clear thoughts and was able to understand that life is wonderful and I was so grateful for my time here to enjoy it.


Alyson said...

I LOVE when I can drive somewhere by myself and get to listen to what I want in the car. I, too, love when I get to be alone. I love my kids for sure, but there is always noise! Great post.

taryn said...

I've always loved my alone time too. Since becoming a mom, I don't know what that's like anymore. I'm glad you got to bust some moves by yourself in your car.

I'll be in town for a couple of weeks. Want to plan to get together? Maybe we could do a double date and go to Udupi Cafe for dinner! Bryant and I are dying to eat there. Or we can get all the roommies together again. What do you think?

Jill Manning said...

Jessie, the fact that Bohemian Rhapsody and Beastie Boys got you goovin in the car is one of many reasons that we are friends. This post made me smile. Thanks for that!