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But lately, in Opelika, directions and change go hand in hand. It takes you from Tiger Town to downtown Opelika and runs in front of the cemetery where I go to talk to my sister. It has morphed over the last few months from a winding country road to a city street with a roundabout and several lanes. Just beyond the cemetery the road branches in several directions.
I stopped there yesterday morning. Pulled right up to the four-way stop.
Except now there is no four-way stop. In fact, there is no stop at all. People were kind as I sat there absorbing this new change in a long series of changes.
An older man waved as he passed by in his pick-up truck, like we tend to do here in the South. It was a full-handed wave…. But you know I did. Out of reflex born from literally thousands of stops at that very spot, my foot automatically came to rest on the brake. Again, traffic passed me by.
No one honked or looked at me like I was crazy. Maybe by now my car is known for stops at phantom traffic s? Not just in my car, but on this crazy, winding, ever-changing life we all travel. When either of my children calls me, no matter the hour, I will be there… no questions asked. Not much stops me from the things I love. There are regrets and fears and choices.
And, no, I have not mastered the art of pushing forward when things are tough. There were some words spoken that we both regret, and feelings were hurt. Over the last few years, I have picked up my phone and started to message her, but something stopped me.
On my desk is a flyer from Auburn University. Since the day life intervened and I left college, I have dreamed of going back. More than once, I have picked up a course catalog and marked off the classes I would like to take. But I have never registered.
Something stopped me. Sitting next to me is a man who is easy to be with, funny, sexy, and completely adorable. He laughs often, and his smile is one of my favorite things to see. He is the kind of man you can hand your heart to and know it is safe. He is my best friend. He cares for me very much. His life is more than full, but he makes time for me every day. He shows me his heart in so many small ways… and in big ways too.
He is, if I have any luck at all, my future. Something has stopped me. Time to channel my inner Wonder Woman and move forward. So right now, this very minute, I will buy a slice of watermelon and watch the sunset over the water. Because tomorrow, I have a letter to answer and a course catalog to look over and a heart to open up to all the possibilities of life with fewer stop s.
Wendy Hodge is an Opelika native, an empty nester and lover of all things Opelika. She ly had a column titled A Word or Ten, which was featured in the Tennessee Star Journal and is currently awaiting release of her first novel with Harper Collins Publishing Company. Save my name,and website in this browser for the next time I comment. in. Forgot your password? Get help. Password recovery. Opelika Observer. Home Column Phantom Stops. Please comment! Please name here. You have entered an incorrect address! April 27, August 23, Disclaimer Privacy .Opelika sexy older women
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