Did you ever see the old Sylvester the Cat cartoon, where he sings, “Ya never know where you’re ’til you get there”? Well, that was Dad and me yesterday.
We decided to go to our pre-pandemic favorite Mexican restaurant on Sunday, instead of Saturday. We got ready in a snap, prepped the house as we usually do when we leave: turned off lights, unplugged unnecessary items, etc. Then we ventured out, happy to be getting away from the same ol’ routine and four walls that we call home.
I drive because Dad prefers it that way. He says, “I could have a heart attack while I’m driving!” I always say in response, “I could have a heart attack while I’m driving too, Dad!” But, I digress. We’re a few miles down the road and Dad mentions taking the shortcut because last time it (the dirt road) was solid and not muddy, as we expected it to be after so much rain. So, I slowed down, signaled, and turned left onto the dirt road. We were nearly halfway to our destination when Dad asks me, “Isn’t this the way to West Plains?” We were supposed to be going to Mountain Home, AR which was entirely a different direction! “What the literal fuck!” I exclaimed. I don’t know what we were thinking…maybe we weren’t thinking at all! We had been talking and when he mentioned the shortcut, I took it. Ugh.
Thankfully, I knew how to get to the road we really needed to take from where we were. Our drive was long, but the weather was nice, our lunch was superb and we had a nice day. We drove at the very least 45 minutes out of our way. We took the scenic route, for sure! One of these days we’re going to be driving and not know where we’re going at all…until we get there!
This was a difficult list to pull together! I thought it would be easier. I had to do a search on some of them to make sure I was quoting correctly and to make sure I was quoting the correct author! My brain is a big scrambled egg conglomerate these days. As we say in my family, I have CRS; Can’t Remember Shit. The struggle is real, friends.
The order of this list is unimportant because truth be told, I couldn’t decide the order!! So, without further ado, I present to you, (some of) My Favorite Quotes:
Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things. ~ Robert Brault
Follow your heart, but take your brain with you. ~ Alfred Adler
You don’t know where you’re going ’til you get there. ~ Sylvester, the Cat / Looney Tunes (Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn, songwriters)
Why fit in when you were born to stand out. ~ Dr. Seuss
Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get. ~ Forrest Gump (Winston Groom)
“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more.” ~ The Grinch (Dr. Seuss)
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. – Helen Keller
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. ~ Henry David Thoreau
In every walk in nature, one receives far more than seeks. ~John Muir
There you have it…
I’m sure I could make a list of dozens more quotes that I love but “ain’t nobody got time for dat.” Thanks for reading, friends. I hope you’re staying safe and healthy.