I leave tomorrow
how will I get there today
I want to break free
A benefit of a long commute is time to think.
It’s my thoughtful spot I guess.
In The House at Pooh Corner, A.A. Milne writes, “Halfway between Pooh’s house and Piglet’s house was a Thoughtful Spot where they met sometimes when they had decided to go and see each other, and as it was warm and out of the wind they would sit down there for a little and wonder what they would do now that they had seen each other. One day when they had decided not to do anything, Pooh made up a verse about it, so that everybody should know what the place was for.”
This warm and sunny Spot
Belongs to Pooh.
And here he wonders what
He’s going to do.
On another rainy morning, I merged onto the the freeway, got in my line and switched to auto pilot and began to think.
Think, think, think.
I had been talking with my wife that this was shaping up as the summer of the big change.
Lots of new things are coming from new babies to new places to live and lots in between.
Most of what might happen depends on what will happen first.
My list of things to think about in my thoughtful spot got longer and longer and more involved until I felt like I had gone into a revolving door and came out earlier than I had gone in.
Or was it later?
I can’t leave until tomorrow.
But I have to be there today.
I went back into the revolving door again and again and kept coming out at places I didn’t want to be.
Or at least wasn’t ready to be.
Traffic came to a sudden slow down and I came off auto pilot and back to this world.
Songs had been playing on from my iPhone in the background.
The next song’s intro starting playing.
I recognized the tune and a smile came across my face and my heart lifted out of the mud.
I turned up the volume.
Freddie Mercury sang, “I WANT TO BE FREE.”
For a few minutes, I was.
Not for the first time and not for the last, I want to be free.
Me, Freddie and most everybody.
I got to laugh.
And I got to laugh at myself.
I got out of the revolving door and entered another door.
And drove on through the rain to work.