What is it about gravel roads? I drive the same gravel road every day to get to work. I have driven down gravel back roads to get places my whole life. I even went out of my way to drive down them while I was pregnant and running about 6 days behind schedule! Most days now, I drive down them now to get my little man to fall asleep. They coat my car in dust and dirt, but they make him sleep like the baby that he is.
Until you pay for it, when you’re trying to find the bumpiest part of the road, to really make him bounce into slumber…and it works, it actually works great. Followed by your tire light coming on, and you realize that the gravel road of dust and dirt may not always be your ally. New tires it is for this working mom, and more gravel, bumpy, dirty drives it is for our little guy Hoot.
I like the pace of these back roads, life is a little bit slower as you pass by with gravel under your tires and dust flying behind you. You can’t go a million miles an hour. It’s the windows down during the summer, fresh air flowing in around your face, hinted with the smell of soil and freshly harvested crops, along with a sleeping baby in the backseat. These moments have become another small piece of heaven. I never thought I would think myself lucky to grow up on back roads, but the dust and the dirt, well it’s always been what has lead me to where I’ve always been meant to be.
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Sweet! Beautifully expressed!!!
Hugs from Aunt Kathy and Uncle John
Brenda, your story about gravel roads brought back many wonderful memories of your Aunt Joann & I looking for agates in the gravel of Meadow Lane and also Cooley Rd. Back in the day both of those roads were gravel. Unfortunately I no longer have those agates but I still look and find them whenever I’m able too, my family will attest to that! For me, a gravel road is a treasure trove of beautiful colorful agates waiting to be found. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.
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