I can feel my eyes are heavy and my contacts are all but dried out.
I do not want to get back in the car tomorrow.
I do not want to drive another 400 miles.
I am tired of yelling at Garmin and her roadway trickery.
I am tired of 18 wheelers running into my lane.
Tired, tired, tired, I am.
(And, I do not like green eggs and ham.)
But, I am grateful.
For today, after a long drive and one very slow and painful traffic jam, we arrived just in time.
- Just in time to see a seven-year old get off the school bus and run to her mother with arms wide open.
- Just in time to watch a five-year old open up his Spiderman birthday present and squeal with delight.
- Just in time to sing happy birthday and witness candles blow out and cupcakes disappear.
- Just in time to marvel at bikes without training wheels navigate long park pathways.
- Just in time to have a few perfect moments with friends.
And, most precious to my heart, we arrived just in time to hear the words “Aunt Jamie” and “I will miss you” and “I remember you” come out of little hearts and minds.
It was enough to melt my heart.
Indeed, it was well worth the drive.
My only regret is that we leave tomorrow.
I am tired, but I am also filled with joy.
What a good stop for my road trip weary soul.
Tomorrow we will make the island and summer awaits.
But not without making some really important pit stops along the way.
Just in time.