Having a sick parent totally blows.
My mom’s been sick since about March, and I had to make one of my first real grown-up decisions, leave my job for a few weeks, and come home to take care of bidness. A lot of the care-taking was falling on my dad, and that’s a lot for one person to deal with.
I packed up my stuff yesterday, and hit the road to Charlotte, a place I haven’t really live-lived since the end of high school. So I’m taking this time to take my running thing on the road, try a few new classes, meet up with some old friends, and document the whole tour! (All the while taking care of my mama!) Can I do it? Ya darn tootin’!
So after I peeled myself away from this face…
…and I headed back to the neighborhood where I spent the majority of middle school, and some of high school, Willowmere in Matthews, NC, for a little tempo run, and to go see my childhood home. I wish I’d snapped a pic, but I felt like a neighbor would come and beat me if they caught me taking a picture of a home where children dwelled. I had to play it safe.
So I ran down memory lane.
I ran down the strip of grass where two little douchenozzles on the school bus held my bookbag, and I flailed around, turtle style, as I missed my stop.
I ran down where the bus would usually let me off and I had to carry my bass clarinet allllll the way home in 7th grade. (I was a weird kid. I literally get embarrassed when I see people from my childhood because I don’t want them to recall how strange I was.)
I ran past the house where the late Fred Lane, a football player for the Panthers, was murdered during a dispute with his wife, a less happy memory.
I ran down the cul-de-sac where we lived, and tried to steal a peek to see if our playground was still up.
I ran past the kid’s house who I had a crush on, but who moved away to like Ohio in 8th grade.
And I ran down to the track where my Daddy, no lie, woke up early for freezing morning track workouts so I’d make the track team.
What a weird and cool feeling to literally run down memory lane.