I had a trying week dealing with people that failed to see the value of
my friendship both personally and business-wise. It was draining and will start all over again Monday I am sure.
Today I decided to do something completely out of character for the ME
of today yet something that was once a staple for the ME of yesterday... Which was to walk a little. After running a
bunch of personal and business errands I had my driver drop me off in Round Rock and told him he had the day off. The
significant part of the story is that all my other drivers were also "off" and that meant that I would either have to call
a friend or walk more than 20 miles home.
I didn't call a friend.
On the way home, as I walked down the side of the highway through the
weeds and grass, I started recalling the days of my youth before I ever drove, growing up in East Austin. I used to
walk downtown all the time and it never seemed like such a big deal because I was a kid and kids don't drive.
The further I got I started thinking about visiting my aunt in Waco and
my uncle in Pecos, depending on the type of ground I was walking on. I have some great memories from visiting my
I never left the side of the roadway
yet my mind was all over Texas, all over time.
The faces of my long deceased relatives and all their eloquent words to
me, came back as I reconnected to a lot of the things we take for granted as we speed by. I admit that I forgot how
beautiful Texas is even just by appreciating the Johnson Grass.
It was a great walk and it'll help me to cope with all of the things I
must cope with hopefully until I become one of those long deceased relatives that spoke wise words for a relative of mine
in the future.
In no hurry, I can
wait for that to happen. I can wait.