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Carol Perkins: One me, two places to be, at the same time

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By Carol Perkins

Weeks will pass with no overlapping events in my life, but sometimes there will be two places in two different locations I need to be in one day. Last Saturday was one of those days. My nephew, Asher Sullivan, graduated from Western at 9:30 at Diddle Arena. After the ceremony and pictures and hugs of joy, Guy went to the parking garage to bring the car near so my mother and I wouldn't have far to walk in the cold.

We waited and waited, but no Guy. The rest of the family was long gone while we pondered where he could be. All cars seemed to have left the first few floors, so I could only imagine that he had hit another car or a driver had hit him or lost the location. However, he did not have his cell phone so I couldn't find out what was detaining him.

I didn't want to leave my mother standing alone while I walked the parking structure looking for him. The real problem was that I had a time crunch and those thirty lost minutes were crucial. Finally, he zipped to the side door and after a few, "Where have you been" he explained that a bunch of "crazy" people pushing to get out at the same time on the fourth floor brought traffic to a halt. I think he used the word "Idiots."

The snow was peppering against the windshield down the Cumberland Parkway, but I wasn't concerned. The roads were not coating over, so with any luck, I could get to my next destination. As we neared the only stop light in town (near the high school), traffic was creeping. "Oh, NO! I forgot about the parade." There was nowhere to go and nothing to do but fall in behind the floats, the fire trucks, the emergency vehicles, the ATVs and the band. " Cut through the Baptist Church," I said. We were trying to get my mother home. We eased a couple of horses our of our way and Mama reached home ready to relax after a busy morning.

Back to the square, we could not get through town to where we live on Hwy 80 toward Columbia (within the city limits). I was beginning to sweat. Judy was waiting for me to pick her up in Russell Springs and I had joined the parade, dodged the parade, and now was at a standstill watching it go around the square. "If we can get to the post office, we can cut through Muncie Court, come up the back way, and go down by the jail." It took about fifteen minutes but that is what we did.

I texted Judy and said for her to have one leg out the door. I was on my way. The other three ladies had left for our destination that morning, but Judy didn't want me to travel alone so she waited. It is a good thing she did because what we faced in the next four hours (or more) was not something a woman wants to go through alone. I needed a co-pilot.

The story continues: Carol Perkins: One me, two places to be, Part 2

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