Last week, Alan and I enjoyed a wonderful vacation in South Carolina. Visiting with son and daughter-in-love always makes us happy. A baby shower for the first grand baby due in August, an evening of winning a trivia game at a local eatery, sharing meals, conversation and making memories are all part of our family time.
The day arrived for us to leave and head for home in Virginia. We wanted to stay longer and would if we could. Life and job awaited at home. Packing the suitcases, filling the tank with gas and saying our goodbyes signaled we were on the way home.
Last November, our son suggested I purchase a new phone. A great idea since we were still using the old flip phones. The thought of fun activities and ways we could use the new phone was exciting. Maps, tracking exercise, and texting, which is definitely new for Alan and me, brought anticipation of new adventures to come.
So instead of printing out the directions for home as usual, I decided to ask the phone for directions. Easy, right?
We had stopped along the way to attend an author presentation. Great event. Just needed to take a different way home. No problem.
Well…. everything was going well. The roads were great until we were directed to leave the four lane highway and take the two lane highway. No problem.
The next instructions guided us from a two lane highway to a small road with no lines in the middle. Hmmm…. interesting. The only things visible in the area were tobacco fields and lots of cornfields. No highway signs, no street signs…..
Wait… a sign!!!!! Not a sign for directions. This was a sign with a drawing of a COW on it!!! A cow crossing sign!!!!
Thoughts raced in my head… What happens if we break down? Who would find us? There are not any houses nearby. If we call for help, how could we describe our location? Would we say, “We’re the couple next to the “Cow Crossing” sign?”
As I started to argue with the phone, I repeated our destination address. Maybe the phone would provide us another route home, a more inhabited area so I wouldn’t feel so lost.
I realized there was no winning an argument with the phone when the voice kept telling us to “Make a U turn” and we were on a straight and narrow road. Feeling the back of the phone, I noticed warmth and decided to turn off the phone and resort to relying on the good old paper map. Thank goodness for visitor centers with free maps.
No arguing with the phone would result in a new direction home. Silly Mimi.
So next time we take a trip to unknown territory, I will make sure a paper map is in the car and yes, I will take the new phone. I just hope I don’t have to argue with the phone again. 🙂
Do you use the direction finder on your phone? Have you argued with your phone?
Even when we feel lost God is always with us. Rely on Him.
Blessings and giggles,