More Than Just A Road Trip
I was out on a road trip at theHill Country with my family this weekend. It was a fun and happy event not because of the places we went too but more because it was a rare moment for me to be around my wife’s family. It’s always beautiful to be around family you only see once a year. It relieves all sorts of homesickness that me and my wife feel being so away from a home that we used to know.
Weekly Photo Challenge: Wrong
We went to the San Marcos Outlet and my was it hot! 103 degrees fahrenheit hot. I felt like running from one store to the other just so I can escape the wrath of the Sun. I could hear my son whining next to me, “We’re going to another store…again!” Every now and then, I would carry him when he looked so tired. Yes, it is “wrong” to walk around while the Sun is scorching hot.
After about 4 hours of “walk-store-walk-store” cycle, I told my wife, ” I need coffee STAT.” She replied, “Me too.” I asked my son, “Would you like to stay with grandma inside the store where it’s cold or walk with us to the coffee shop?” His eyes lit up and answered quickly, “I want to walk with you. I want juice and a cookie!”
It felt good to be in an air-conditioned room. More refreshing was the cold green tea running down my throat. My son got a “yummy” lemon pound cake and an Odwalla orange juice. The little girl at the next table kept talking to my son but he was too shy to answer. Then she started talking to me, “Do you speak Chinese? Do you speak Spanish?” I replied, “No, I don’t speak Chinese nor Spanish but I speak Filipino.” She gave me a “What’s that?” look. Her grandmother looked at me and smiled.
While the women were at Bath And Body Works and my father-in-law at the Columbia sportswear store, my son saw a sign that says, “Kid’s Park.” This is his close-up photo as he turned around and around like his toy Ninjago spinner top. I asked him, “Don’t you feel dizzy?” He laughed and said, “Nope!” I asked myself silently, “Do you feel dizzy?” My answer was an obvious, “Yes!”
We wrapped up around 04:00 P.M. so we can catched a late lunch at Kreuz, a BBQ heaven in Lockhart, Texas. We went there last year and I tell you, the BBQ brisket and ribs were divine to the last piece of meat. Yes, it is “wrong” to be craving for something that if you eat too much will clogged your arteries with cholesterol. Oh well, it happens only once a year.
On our way there we saw a sign that says, “Tube Rental This Way.” I told everyone, “Oh, I feel bad, we missed the river tubing this year.” My wife looked at me and felt my sadness. She said, “Open the window, so you can take good pictures.” Like an excited little child I said, “Oh, okay.” In a way, the pictures made me feel like I was there close to the river.
Hours later, while browsing through the images, my son saw the river photos. Sounding disappointed he said, “You went to the river without me?” We all laughed in the car. I told him, “No, we didn’t go to the river. We just saw it as we passed by the road. Your were sleeping soundly and we didn’t want to wake you up.” He simply said, “Oh.”
Finally, we were in Lockhart. I can almost smell the mouth-watering BBQ as we headed toward the parking lot. It felt like I saw a glimpse of the old Texan cowboy days.
As much I enjoyed eating the BBQ brisket, I felt that it is “wrong” for people to work inside a hot, uncomfortable environment day after day. My father-in-law whispered, “I felt bad for those guys. It’s like being inside an oven.” As I took this photo, I felt the intense heat on my skin.
When Usual Circumstances Feels Wrong
I cleaned our table all ready for the BBQ feast. As I watched the people around me, I felt a certain sadness. Just yesterday, I saw on the T.V. via ABS-CBS news the devastation brought about by a merciless flood in Pampanga, Philippines and its surrounding areas. What was once a flourishing town turned overnight into a raging river of tears and helplessness. People had to line up for food, had to vacate their homes and had to live in cramped school buildings without enough water and personal necessities. Children cry at night scared of being in an unfamiliar place while their parents cry silently not knowing what future awaits their families, of where to get their next meal when the sun rises. I felt that it was so “wrong” to live comfortably when another brother and sister out there could barely eat to survive the day. Are these events a part of the “signs of the times?” Are these events a test for all of us whether we still have compassion in us to help others in need? As I swallow the last slice of brisket, I almost choked at the end of my reflection.
Today, I get to share with you once again a merging of my four favorite photo challenges which are the,Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Wrong, Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Signs , Jake’s Sunday Post: Close-up and my recent Weekly Image Of Life: Beautiful. Photo challenges are more that just a source of inspiration. They are a venue for us to create something “new” and amazing. Something that we will relive and celebrate again and again.
Thank you for sharing your day with me. I hope you enjoyed the road trip of my memories and reflections. Wishing you and your family a beautiful journey full of blessings.
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