There's obviously a back story to this photo of a crazy-eyed Thomas, a pair of kitchen shears in his hand and camping gear strewn around the floor. These things, plus a few more essentials, were all that he'd need for the upcoming weeks.
This has to do with a few posts ago, and an announcement from Thomas. As you can guess by the title of this post, it was indeed time for him to fly--fly our nest, and it began with a road trip.
Fernando drove the Suburban, and Thomas drove his car with me riding shotgun for navigation if needed. Fernando took the lead, we followed, and a new journey commenced. In the below photo, we had just gotten on to I-80 East, and just as we did, Thomas flipped a radio station and Come Sail Away began playing. It was the perfect song, and the two of us started singing it at the top of our lungs. It was one of those forever moments.
I'm sailing away set an open course for the virgin sea
I've got to be free free to face the life that's ahead of me
On board I'm the captain so climb aboard
We'll search for tomorrow on every shore
And I'll try oh Lord I'll try to carry on...
Secular song, for sure. But it captured the moment, the very beginning of a whole new journey for Thomas. I posted the above photo on Instagram with a post reflecting the words of this song, not thinking much of it. Thomas didn't want it advertised until he was ready, so since Instagram isn't Facebook, we left it there and drove on.
It started raining, a light sprinkle about an hour into our road trip when I begged to stop (that mug of tea...!). Then it rained...
And it rained, all through Indiana and into Kentucky...
And it rained some more, into the hills and around the curves of the highway...
And on into the evening, it kept raining.
Into the mountains of South Carolina and into the fog--the dense, misty kind--it rained and rained, and never stopped.
Our first stop on this trip was in South Carolina, a nice resting stop with a family we hadn't seen in far too long. That'll be the next post...
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