The weather forecast for my town today is 4 to 8 inches of snow, with some sleet and freezing rain also.
But this is the last time I can call this my home. By this afternoon, after loading up my van in a snowstorm, I will be, literally, driving my life away.
Away from the town I’ve called home for 25 years, and Downeast Maine for an additional 3 years.
Away from friends, and away from family. My kids and grandkids all live here, so don’t worry. I will be back as often as I can.
And away from my wife, albeit temporary. She is a teacher, and still has two and a half months before the end of the school year before she can move. She won’t leave her students in the middle of a school year. It is not in her DNA.
So, I’m about to embark on a trip, drivin’ my life away from what now was my home, onward to a new destination and my new life and my next radio stop.
So of course it’s snowing!
I have no worries, though. I’ve still got decent tread on the snow tires, and I’ll be driving down the coast for a couple of hours first to side step the 5 to 10 inches or more of snow expected further inland today.
Once I’m far enough south, it should be many hours of westward driving in the rain, before I finally get on to the other side of the storm system, where I will once again be able to see the sun.
The same sun that is rising over my next radio adventure. Fitting, and reassuring, that the sun is shining on this next adventure in my radio career.
On the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Last night, the final night I got to call this place home, my family gathered for dinner. Homemade pizza, chips and soda. A perfect combination for parents, grandparents and grandchildren alike. My two older granddaughters entertained themselves, mostly, while I spent a good chunk of time bonding with my grandson. The next time I see him, he will be 6 months old. Twice as old as he is now.
I also spent time chatting with everyone, but I spent even more time just watching and listening to other conversations. Locking away those memories, seeing that my kids had turned out just fine, and that they were doing a pretty good job with their own kids now.
They will all be OK. I can leave with a huge smile on my face, knowing I did my best for and with them, and they all turned out fine.
Besides, my oldest granddaughter told me this morning that she would probably FaceTime me every now and then. When she was bored. You just can’t beat that kind of love and brutal honesty!
So, with that, I need to finish packing up the van. It’s time to hit the road.
I’m drivin’ my life away, lookin’ for a sunny day. I should be there late tomorrow afternoon. Please keep your fingers crossed for me. I would cross mine, but it does make it kind of hard to drive that way.