The prompt for Joelle’s Tales at Ranting along is to talk about the last trip we took in exactly 120 words.

There are times when you want to see the people who knew you when. So, I took a solo road trip back home to Arlington Heights, IL. It was about a 10-hour-drive and worth every mile.

My mom passed away in 2004, but her best friend Angie and her daughter, Joanne, (my very first friend) still live there. I’d always felt like part of their family and thank God it’s still that way.

The week went by way too fast. I stayed with Joanne and we did all the usual things, shopping, eating, drinking, and laughing. The hardest part was leaving and seeing Illinois grow smaller in my rearview mirror.

There’s no telling when or even if, I’ll be back.


Joanne & Me


Author: The Abject Muse

Susan Marie Shuman is an author and freelance writer/editor who currently resides in the wilds of Birmingham, AL. She shares her life with four spoiled cats, several friends (not all of them imaginary) one husband and one step-son. When she's not working, Susan enjoys horseback riding, reading, taking her cats for a spin in their pet stroller, and taking naps. An ex-bartender, recovering crash test dummy and all-around late bloomer, Susan graduated from the University of South Alabama in 2004 with a BA in English. She minored in Russian. Long-range goals include visiting Israel, the Czech Republic and Liechtenstein. Susan is also planning to launch a micronation which would be called either Suzannistan or Eastern Suzanorovia.

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