Posted on October 5, 2016
Texas- The Great American Road Trip
I am so glad that at the beginning of our trip I told Bean, “It is summertime, so it will be hot wherever we go.” It helped her to be mentally prepared for what was ahead and it certainly helped me. By the time we reached Texas, the temperature had reached the hundreds. It was not over one hundred degrees every day, but it was close. I do not like the summer much because growing up in Texas, I remember feeling my skin fry every time I went outside. I normally tell people I am not a piece of meat, but you couldn’t help but feel like that is exactly what you are in Texas. I was mentally prepared this time and Texas turned out to be a good experience.
One of the number one things that I wish for Bean, whenever we travel, is for her to have someone to play with. I have told her many times that she will not get sisters and brothers from me, but we can always find playmates. In Texas, we were very lucky that her favorite aunt came down to visit her and brought her older cousin. She also had another cousin who lived in town that she could play with a few times a week. Bean had a great time!
Besides being with Grandmama and Granddaddy, whom she adores, Bean went to Chuck E. Cheese’s for the first time. My brother also took her to McDonald’s, something I would never do, and that she will always remember as something super special. She ate at many restaurants, an experience on the top of her list. Bean also visited the local Yogurtland numerous times because her mother loves the salted caramel and peanut butter frozen yogurt so much that she had to go many times during her stay! The day we spent to the pool with Auntie Aruna and “the pregnant Candice” was almost like a day in heaven for Bean, especially since she was having a girls day out like a big girl.
While the time in Texas was really special since I was able to be with my family and friends that I don’t see often, there were two things that really made Texas one of our best stops. The first is that I started running again after almost ten years. The other is that I met another mom, minimalist and myspoclife blog reader.
When I arrived in Texas, I called my good friend Aruna and let her know I finally made it into town. She was glad to hear the news and let me know her schedule for the coming weeks so that we could make time to see each other. When I heard that she was going to run a 5K the following week, something clicked inside of me and I felt like I could do it. Bean,Grandmama and I had been getting up every morning and going for a two mile walk in the park near the house. I haven’t been running for exercise in about ten years for many reasons, but suddenly I felt like I was ready to try it again. My mom and I went shoe shopping. Bean was happy to tag along. I found a pair that I felt I could live with, not too big, not too colorful, just something simple.
The first day I went out, I was overly eager. It was 85 degrees at eight in the morning and for whatever reason, I felt that I could jog most of our normal route. I took off, and halfway through I felt like I could vomit. I kept going. I did intervals of walking and jogging. I was so proud of myself when I reached the end. I was also so tired that I just wanted to lay down on the ground and sleep. Then I went to the car and discovered that I had no keys. Somewhere during my run around the path, the keys fell out of my pocket and I didn’t hear them. As tired as I was, I had to go around the 1 mile path again in search of my keys. I began to ask everyone I saw if they had seen them lying around. A gentleman told me that another lady found them and she was ahead of me on the path. Imagine being bone tired and hearing the news that you can’t stop,but must instead climb another hill before you can even have a break. I almost gave up on running that day.
I am glad that I didn’t. Ten days after that event, Aruna and I participated in the Watermelon Run 5K. It was my first fun run in a long,long time. I had a great time. We started at the back with a friend of Aruna’s who was walking with her three legged dog. We then decided we didn’t want to be the last ones to finish the race and we started to put some effort into our run. The mornings I spend jogging around in 85 degree weather paid off. I felt at ease outside with all of the other people who had been running for much longer than I. It is one of the proudest moments so far from our road trip.
The second most memorable moment during our time in Texas was meeting Denise and Darby. When I was in Georgia, Denise contacted me to see if I was passing by her way in Texas. It just so happens that she doesn’t live so far from my parents. We arranged to me in a town that was somewhat between the two of us, Grapevine. While I have been to the gigantic mall in Grapevine many times when I was younger, I have never been to the historic downtown. Denise, Darby and I met one day during the week and had a lovely time talking and getting to know each other. While I don’t remember the name of the coffee shop, I do remember that they had the most delicious almond croissant that I have tasted outside of Paris.
We all decided to take a walk through the center of town and explore what was there. I truly admire Denise and her family. She and her husband have six children that they have and are continuing to home school. Denise is currently the only one who is practicing minimalism, but she is influencing her family. I feel that if your husband and kids want to accompany you to see tiny houses, you are doing a great job in sharing the benefits of minimalism. We were able to talk about one of my favorite books, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. Darby was kind enough to make a video for us. Unfortunately, I am have had trouble with uploading videos so it is not yet available on our YouTube channel. However,I am thrilled to have met other minimalist. Our encounter uplifted my spirit and filled me with joy.
The point of the blog is for me to interact with other minimalist, single parents, world travelers, and just make new friends. It doesn’t matter if you are one of the above or not, the most important thing is to surround myself and my daughter with kind, generous people. If I am in your area and you would like to meet, I would be please to meet you. If I am not in your area, because I am currently traveling quite far and wide, I am always open to having a chat. Let’s connect. Feel free to contact me by leaving a comment, sending me an email to candace at myspoclife dot com, subscribing, and liking our Facebook page. I look forward to talking to you!