Wounded Warrior Program – Kristen – Writer’s, Inc.
Theme – Self-Discovery- Visual- A Road- 8 minutes
Road goes somewhere exciting. Somewhere where you want to go.
My eyes drift from the road in front of my car to my rear-view mirror. No one is behind me as I lazily drive along. I glance in the back seat to my two sleeping daughters, their excitement having worn them out.
My husband sits next to me, reading since he has already driven for a few hours, and his service dog, Hugo, boredly sighs in the back.
I return my gaze to the road ahead of me. A smile has spread across my face. I am driving us from our home in Tennessee back to California to visit our family and friends.
My eyes glisten as tears appears. It has been several months since we’ve seen my parents and two years since we’ve seen anyone else. I can’t wait for this road to take us back.
Each curve, long straight stretches, and even the stops, means we are getting closer.
I don’t mind stopping places for a stretch or a potty break. I enjoy stopping at some tourist destinations where we get snacks and family pictures.
But the road, the one that travels cross country, that we have driven on to get to Tennessee, calls me back.
I love our new home and our little town here in Tennessee, but a part of me will always miss my family and friends in California.
Sure, we could fly, too, but the open road makes me feel so much freedom. And on that road, I feel us driving closer and closer. A feeling I enjoy more than flying could ever give me. Plus, Cara is uncomfortable with heights, so we think of her.
It’s my road and I’ll take it whenever I can.