Road Trip with a Scrambled Egg
I apologize for the interuption for your regularly scheduled reading. We will return after our brief excursion to the south.
I’m tired. Not just a little tired. I’m very tired. I know it was minor, but I’m just not used to it.
Okay. I’ll clue you in. A family emergency came up, and we had to load our entire family up for a 9 hour drive to Arkansas. We had 4 children, and a mother in law. She’s not just any mother in law either.
I’ll give you a little back story. Ashlee’s mother used to be a career drug addict. Before I met her, she was addicted to all the major varieties. The woman has been in rehab more times than I have fingers. She has since changed her lifestyle having a small nudge from Ashlee. By that, I mean Ashlee told her to straighten up, or never see her grandkids again. Now she goes to church and has been clean from major drugs for 3 years, and minor drugs for 6 months. Health is returning to her body and attending church has become a new past time for her. However, the “this is brain on drugs” commercial is accurate. You can’t unscramble your eggs folks.
Flash foreward to our road trip.
I kid you not, for 9 hours straight, she talked. Not whispered. She talked as is she were trying to outspeak a rock band at your local bar. This would be a little more tolerable is she was having an adult conversation. But that is not the case. The entire trip, she bounded with my ADHD children on their level. I was close to asking their doctor is she had any free samples for adults. I think on the way back, we’ll give her some dramamine to take car of her “motion sickness.” (Disclaimer: we aren’t really going to drug my mother in law. Or am I ?)
All that being said, I do love my mother in law. I’m very proud that she is getting her life straightened up. Anyone who has had any kind of addiction knows how hard it is. Here she is, being an example to those struggling. It can be done.
It’s just, 4 kids and a scrambled egg in a confined space for 9 hours. It was a long ride.
We will get back to the Building a Family series when I get back home. Right now, keep Ashlee’s family in prayer. We are down here for the funeral of her great grandmother. She was a great woman, and now she gets to spend time with my daughter.