Today I began my drive (journey) back home to my roots in WV. Let me begin by saying there is nothing like alone time in the car to think. I’ve got a good 17 hours worth of driving and Dolly Parton CD’s to make the trip more enjoyable.
So many things to think about on this journey. My mind keeps going to my grandmother. She is the strongest person I know. She is my hero. I can’t imagine what my life would be like without her. I am thankful that I get to see her and spend time with her, and I am certainly thankful I will get to attend her 90th birthday party.
I started driving at 10 am in Jupiter and I suppose I must have driven 4 hours or so when I “woke up” and realized I was somewhere near Daytona Beach. It was as if I was on some sort of spiritual journey, and I looked out my car window and a turkey vulture seemed to be flying along side my car. It was as if it were traveling with me.
One of the great things about driving alone is getting to sing in my car LOL. Today I sang real loud as the miles passed by. My destination for the day is between Columbia and Charlotte. I am very Thankful for Beth and Tim Baker who offered up their guest room so I could stop halfway and rest.
Tim and Beth are both post ops and it was definitely nice chatting with them about their experience. Sitting up late talking with Beth she so eloquently put into words something about us post ops. She said we think we are “special”. It is so true too. I know it is true for me, I thought I was special and I could say 230 pounds lost forever. I thought I was special and my surgical procedure would guarantee I would never gain any of my weight back. I thought I was special and my life would miraculously better with the weight loss.
I found out though, I am no so special at all.
I would like to extend a huge thank you to Beth and Tim for allowing this Bariatric Gypsy to stay at their home on my journey. I had never met them in person, and I know that sounds crazy to so many of you. But sometimes you just have to believe that Universe will align you with who and what you need at that moment.
One more thing I would like to thank Beth for during my visit. I mentioned to her how difficult this is for me, having to ask for help, and not having money to pay my way.. she said to me that I could look at it like this… It makes people feel good to help others. Boy, did that make my heart sing.