Hunker Down

Published: Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 09:07 AM.

            I was in college on the team flight when I made my first airplane ride. It was Piedmont Airlines out of Chattanooga. You might say I killed two birds that day with one ticket. It was an old World War II DC-3 to the best of my remembrance. I was pedaling so hard that I don’t remember Chattanooga at all!

            Cathy and I have been married for thirty-eight years. We have been planning to take a real trip for most of those years. But somehow, in spite of all the good intentions, we sometimes fall victim to our own circumstances. If we had a couple of days off, we immediately took the boys home to share them with grand parents. It was cheaper there is no denying that. But I think there was more going on than money here, it was what we knew to do. You talk about carrying on an old family tradition! The boys voted for Disneyworld, the Atlanta Braves and Star Wars conventions. In the best interest of family, I overruled them.

            The boys are grown. They get to make their own vacation plans. We have become the existing grandparents. I was not surprised when Cathy began talking about vacations. I figured it was time for me to man up here. She hadn’t been to the Grand Ole Opry since 1968; I was thinking maybe a Country Music Hall of Fame package deal. We could take that Home of the Stars tour past Little Jimmy Dickens’ house. I was figuring the odds of maybe catching Gene Watson at the Bluebird Café.

            “Honey,” she didn’t seem to hear one word I was saying about the Opry Star Spotlight and Music City Tours, “Let’s go to England.”

            “ENGLAND?” My teeth hit the floor. Surely, she’s not talking about the land of Shakespeare, Winston Churchill, 221b Baker Street and Ringo Star. “We can’t see Tex Ritter in England!” 

            She was booking airlines! “Cathy, let’s compromise with a visit to an alligator farm. Have you seen the antique stores in Brundidge, Alabama? I’ll show you where I played basketball in Lavinia…...”


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