Thursday, June 21, 2012

FRIDAY FRAGMENTS...wk end waftings

Joining Mrs. 4444s over at Half-Past Kissin' Time for some Friday Fragments!

Our quick trip to NC for a family member's funeral seems to have taken my energy.


Is it just me or do you also find that zooming up the road for six hours somehow removes power from one's body

For reals...I don't know if its an inertia thing or what, but it wears me out to travel in a car more than three hours. 



-knitting rows on my never-ending shawl, napping a little and fumbling with my cell phone while playing WordsWithFriends, editing pictures and even FaceBooking
-NOTHING to see on the highways once out of each small town's limits.   


-turned off the air and took in the wafts of local air b/c the temperatures were in the high 70s to low 80s. 
-happy to get out of the amoniated-bacteria stench from the low-lying myriad of chicken houses we pass early on our drive.


-smoke from locals preparing barbeque meat



-such a wonderful tease to get you thinking of stopping for lunch (which we enjoyed from Burger King...not exactly BBQ)

-unfortunately, no honeysuckle sweetness along the way
-really enjoyed the humidity-free air beating our eardrums with a steady rumble without the interference of music or unending talk radio.


-long stretches; bridges protecting us from the Southern swamp land off I95 brought older smells soaked through the old cypress immersed in the black water of the Lumber River. 


(the city where the burial of our aunt would take place later in the weekend)

In the late 18th and the 19th centuries, the lumbering industries were critical to the region's economy. The Lumber River was a vital route for transporting 100-foot logs downriver to Georgetown, South Carolina. Lumberton, North Carolina served as an important turpentine and timber town. Lumberton is the county seat of Robeson County, located in southern North Carolina's Inner Banks region. Founded in 1787 by John Willis, an officer in the American Revolution, Lumberton was originally a shipping point for lumber used by the Navy, which was sent downriver to Georgetown, South Carolina. Most of the town's growth, however, began shortly after World War II. 
 
-each mile driven brought us one mile closer to family to celebrate a lifetime spent in these lowlands
We loved you, Aunt Doris, and pray Uncle Johnny will do fine until he sees you again.
John 8:31  "If you continue in my word, then you are truly Disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."
Blessings,

8 comments:

Wayne W Smith said...

Funerals are energy drainers even without travel involved.

Pam Lofton said...

Lumberton is....an interesting place. We live about 45 minutes to an hour south of Georgetown (in Mount Pleasant) and I hate seeing what has become of some of our southern towns. It's a shame really. I am a terrible traveler, by any means. And having to go to a funeral just makes it that much worse. It really is exhausting- mentally, emotionally and physically.

Stacy said...

So sorry for the loss of your aunt, but it was nice to ride along with you. :)

Martha in PA said...

Thanks for stopping by. I am sorry for your loss. Traveling is exhausting, I am 99% of the time the driver I like road trips, but there is definitely a recovery time.

Have a good week.

susan@avintagefarmwife said...

I am so sorry for the loss of your aunt. I hope you were able to celebrate a life well-lived.

No doubt about it, a death in the family is a draining thing. We are still recovering around here and I realize that it will take my husband some time to go through the grieving process, which began a long time ago because of his dad's condition.

Thanks for taking us along on your trip-interesting!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

A hard trip to make, an even harder reality to deal with--life without those we love, at least temporarily. Wish we would have had time for a visit. Maybe next time.

peace~elaine

Unknown Mami said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I find this post to be beautifully written. Any kind of travel for more than 3 hours wears me out.

Keetha Broyles said...

Nothing smells better or gets the old tummy juices going quicker than the smell of grilling. Makes my mouth water just mentioning it!

Sorry for the reason for your trip, but hope you did enjoy being reunited with your family members.