Not because I'm such a huge Dolly fan (actually, I sorta am..) but because it immediately transported me back about 30 years...
no, not really, silly.....I was still driving....but in my mind..
Mr. B and me and all 4 kiddos (and one borrowed neighbor child..) were driving from Amarillo, Texas
...to Colorado for a camping vacation.
One of many. One of the best. One of the very best. And they were all pretty good, so that's saying something..
It was always quite early in the morning when we'd head out..and it was always a dozen donuts on the way..it was always who spotted the mountains in the distance first..."I see 'em!" "No I saw them first" "No you didn't" "Uh-huh"
And this particular trip I remember having a cassette player in the Jeep Wagoneer we just purchased..Boy Howdy we were livin' large! When the radio stations were out of range, we'd have music for our listening enjoyment.
What a great idea:-)
Obstacle # 1 - driving from Texas to the high mountains in Colorado - everything was "out of range" very quickly.
Obstacle # 2 - 2 adults + 5 kids / 2 sets of seats = much whining
Obstacle # 3- One cassette tape....Yep, you heard me right....ONE tape..of Dolly Parton..
again and again and again over and over and over again and again and again over and over and over and again over...
"Two Doors Down" "Hard Candy Christmas" ...... "Here You Come Again"....over and over....
That was the year I found a bakery with my nose...by sniffing out the directions .."turn right here..now go left.."
The year we saw snow in July...
The year of ...Dolly Parton. And laughter..and hugs..and dirty little faces and grimy little hands..
The year I KNEW I'd found the perfect Dad for all of them...
And hearing her today..I wanted those times back..all of them. The repetitive music, the grimy hands, the fighting over who gets what seat and "he's hitting me" and "I need to go potty" and "I'm hungry" and "are we there yet?"
I wandted to hold them close to me as one would hug a teddy bear..close and tight..
And I ached for those times once again..
And I cried.
OR, it coulda been that I didn't have my second cuppa coffee ..who knows.