Sunday, April 11, 2010


Just got back from a whirlwind trip to Virginia, a suburb right outside of Washington, DC.
I was totally in awe of the green trees, and trees and shrubs in bloom. Not so in northeast New York. That part of spring is still in our future. I actually noticed my allergies responding to the pollen. Crazy.

From Crazy as a Loom

On the way down, we relied on our GPS, whose name I cannot repeat, as this is a family friendly blog.
At any rate, in Delaware, I think that's where it was, there was a lot of very new looking road construction. Since we hadn't updated her in 2 years, it threw her into a tizzy, and she said what she always says when my husband screws up and doesn't listen to her: "Recalculating."
And she has a tone, an attitude kind of tone. You know exactly what I mean, don't you?
What a term.
I find myself thinking that I am grateful that some things are in my past, and not in my future.
Worrying about money issues, working two jobs, raising children issues, divorce, dating, visitation, child support, child care. Starting over. And over.
There are plenty of times in my life, when I should have recalculated, and didn't. I preferred my own picturesque imaginings of how things were, rather than what I knew in my heart to be true. Then there the times that I should have recalculated, and did. They were tough times. It isn't easy to change the status quo, even when you know you need to.
But I believe that we all have an internal GPS. I know I do.
Sometimes we turn the volume down. Sometimes we just don't listen. Sometimes, we forget to update. But I think we know, on some level, more than we want to admit to. Sometimes, we leave the GPS home in the junk drawer.
We really don't want to hear: "Recalculate."
When in fact, it is often just the sound of a door opening.
For me, it was the sound of finding my way here.

From Crazy as a Loom

Weaving tomorrow. Ah, serenity.


Hilary said...

Clever post and oh so true. All too often we ignore our inner GPS, and she's usually right despite her condescending tone. I can only imagine what you call her. ;)

Anonymous said...

What a great post, and an honest look at life.

And let me tell you, sometimes I'de like to smack my GPS upside the head.. "Proceed to the indicated left". "Turn Left one Tenth of a mile ahead" "Turn Left.".

Alright already!!!

Anonymous said...

GPS... HA! Turn left, turn right, turn,..... ah hell, The woman makes me nuts! I just don't like being told what to do.

Oh, and your photos look like home to me.

The Blue Ridge Gal

Tracey9AD said...

You were not far from me! They say this is one of the worst allergy years in a long time. Ugh. I hate "recalculating." If you calculate correctly the first time there is no need for it ;0)

Valerie said...

Interesting reflection....a technology analogy!

Sounds like a lot of time to think in the car.

Twenty Four At Heart said...

I find myself arguing with my GPS.
"No, it would be faster to go THIS way ...."
She makes me so mad sometimes!

ethelmaepotter! said...

What a terrific analogy! Love it!

And your photo of spring in all its glory is amazing. I have no idea why my allergies are not bothering me this season...but I certainly am grateful!

Anonymous said...

Hilary, I was in Alexandria last week! Did you go to see the cherry blossoms at the tidal basin?


Anonymous said...

Gee, I have just moved to the District, in time for the pollen scales to go off the chart. I was out walking today in a light fine rain (thank you Lord), and the water in the gutters is covered in yellow pollen. Yes! Please wash away.

Enjoying the high rise life, hoping for enough of a break in work to unpack my loom one day.

Sueann said...

Hmmm! What do you call her?? LOL!! So well written and so true! Congrats on the POTW!

Daryl said...

Love it .. Congrats on the POTW mention from Hilary

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