“What are you doing today?” “Why, what do you need?”
And that set us off on another adventure. Just not immediately. My mother was still in need of a couple of things but she didn’t want to go out looking until it warmed up a bit. But, only if I needed to go out. After lunch, we headed out. We were going in search of the hard to find pecan pie and some kind of cooking spray that she wanted. Arriving at the big box store I grabbed a cart from the few that were waiting. It didn’t have that death wobble but it wasn’t going to be pushed easily. Mom found those single serving pies of the flavor she wanted, but after placing four in the cart, just on an off chance, we went around to where the larger pies were staged. The aisle was full so I left the buggy with mom and made my way to the freezer case of pies. And there they were, waiting for me to find them. Mom wanted two so two we got. Now she’s set for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The small pies went back. Now we had to find that cooking spray. I didn’t find the brand she wanted, but there was another that was basically the same, just with a different name. She was happy with that. Cookies, snack meals, a few drinks and another few things and she was done. I grabbed some cat food and a soda for my son, just so I had a reason to be there. As we were preparing to check out my son called. He was going to give me a hard time about being at the store when he also said a soda would be nice. Grabbing what he asked for, we checked out and headed for the car. Pulling out onto the boulevard I couldn’t help but notice how traffic was picking up badly. As I got close to the turn off for where my son works I knew there was no way I could just make the left I usually take. The traffic was bumper to bumper for as far back as I could see. Holiday traffic added to most likely an accident on the nearby interstate making it a mess. So I drove on up to the traffic light. A u-turn later I headed for the dealership where he works. Dropping off the soda I headed for home.
Now I sit here, contemplating the day’s events. It is somewhat amazing how life bounces along in a similar fashion.
We go off in search of something. Be it an item, a goal, a dream. We may not find the exact in detail something, but we find something close enough that we’re happy. We can take what we find, and make it into what we need and desire.
In the process of seeking one thing, we may find several other things that fit right in with our search. Adding them to the list and cart so as to make that quest more fulfilling and complete. One item, one accomplishment may be good, but add a few more and it gives the results more flavor, more excitement, more purpose.
There may even be times while we search, that we have to take that U-turn in our journey. Turn around, head back and find the results a few steps back. Knowing that even as things get in the way, block the path we would take, there is a way still yet. We need only to be willing to look ahead and double back to where we need be.
As it is right now, I have everything I need for my part of our Thanksgiving Dinner. Tomorrow we will gather and spend time as family. Another part of what we have been seeking, time as and with family. We have each gathered all we need to do our part. Tomorrow we will each prepare the dishes we are bringing. Tomorrow we will gather and talk, laugh and love. And yet, we will still be searching for something. We still will be taking the small steps, the u-turns, the gathering of one or more that bring us to where we wish to be, complete with everything that will make that possible.