I’ve been on a hiatus the last couple of weeks. I went to a yearly conference I usually go to plus we had some family fun stuff to do. For me, August has always been a bittersweet month. Summer is still here yet the crickets signal summer is drawing to a close. There are lots of celebrations going on, yet the school year, and all that comes with it, looms large.
At my conference this year, due to now having my EMT license, I was on-call for 24 hours and handed the directions for the nearest hospital, should I need them. Thankfully, I didn’t. Yet before it was my turn I decided to try and find the hospital one night before it got dark. The conference is held at a remote college campus where you need to drive everywhere to get somewhere. Drive, I did. I got lost and ended up in the next state. My cell phone went off in the middle of a windy, dark country road. The message was from a missed call the week before. I almost went into a tree. Yet, I laughed. It was a phone call I thought hadn’t gone through and here I was lost, in an unfamiliar area, too late to call the person back: what I had called about was irrelevant at that point. Parked at the side of the road, I laughed, glad I didn’t have GPS or I never would have known the person had tried calling me back.
This is the time of year to ditch the GPS. The last few weeks before everyone hunkers down for the fall and winter. Enjoy this time. Get lost, have fun. The crickets are waiting.