Road Trip for a Teen #Shortstory

She reached to her left, towards the car’s radio dial. She was sick of country music and was ready to fight her seatbelt for a change in music. She smiled as her seatbelt didn’t lock on her as she moved to the radio but then sighed in defeat as she realized there were no stations without static or country. She clicked off the radio and sat back in her seat looking out the window. Her mother laughed at her reaction from the driver’s seat, but Madison paid no attention.

It was the mid 90’s, before technology was offered to everyone in the form of cell phones, IPods and tablets. There were no fancy radio options like XM Radio and Wi-Fi didn’t exist yet. This trip was taking place right around the first release of DVD’s, so portable DVD players weren’t invented yet. Not that it would matter because her parents would never allow her to have one.

“You won’t know where you are going if you don’t pay attention to your surroundings.” Madison’s mother would point out during every outing in the car. Then the rest of the drive, no matter how short, would be spent explaining directions.

Though GPS navigation systems have been around for years, it wasn’t available to the public until around the early 2000’s. The only options were knowing where you were going, or using paper copies of maps. Madison’s parents deemed whoever was in the front passenger seat as the, “Map coordinator.”  Which was why she normally never called for the front seat by yelling, “Shotgun.” She would usually just jump in the bad seat with her put her headphones on and listen to The Smashing Pumpkins CD on her portable CD player. All the while in her mind willing the CD not to skip.

On this trip, she had no choice but to sit in the front passengers’ seat, since it was only her mother and her going. Madison’s father was working and couldn’t make the trip, which was not surprising he was always working.  So, her and her mother were driving to visit Madison’s Grandparents farm in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“Map Coordinator.” Her mom called from the seat next to her.

Madison groaned and looked away from the endless view of tree’s out her window and focused on her mother. Smiling, her mother pointed to the map that Madison had shoved dramatically into the side door after her mother had taken her portable CD player away.

“Can you tell me how much longer we have until the ‘Bridge McDonalds’ in Vinita?” Her mother asked as Madison reached for the map, bumbling with it was it was wrinkled. This was the point they stopped every time they came to Oklahoma.  Blinking at all the lines and words on the map didn’t help because Madison was completely lost.

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“I have no idea.” She mumbled as she kept turning the map from one side to the other trying to make sense of it.

“Let’s see…” Her mother started, “Vinita is out halfway point to Tulsa from Kansas City.” Pausing for a moment in thought then she continued, “So… if I did my math right it should be 30 minutes. “

“How did you figure that out?” Madison asked sighing knowing it would be a long answer. Which her mother perked up too and began to explain.

“Well, you see if you know what time it was when we left then…” Her mother kept explaining as Madison rested her head against the window feeling the warmth of the sun covering her face. She slowly started falling asleep to the lull of her mother talking.

via Daily Prompt: Bumble

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Journey in Blogging: Week One

I was asked the other day, “You have a blog now. What are your goals with it?”

As I write this I’m still throwing the question back and forth through my mind. Goals can be a tricky beast to tackle, especially for me. I always want to come out swinging and set my goals high, but my rational side stops me before I jump in chin first. What popped into my head was simple but important, because this blog is still my current goal. Not that I don’t have any other goals or dreams but this blog is a huge step for me and my writing.

This week, marks my first week at blogging and I am enjoying sharing my writings with everyone willing to read them. Before I could even start I had to come up with a blog name what I came up with was, BloggerInABlogWorld. I thought it was cute and catchy, no clue if it really was catchy, but in my mind, I still believe it. I picked WordPress.com as my blogging oasis and jumped right in. I had no idea what I was doing or how to go about it, so I winged the entire set up. If I’m honest, I’m still learning what to do because the old idea; learn by doing.

The main reasons I started this blog was to get out of my comfort zone, challenge myself to write daily, embrace new writing ideas, and most importantly, to share my writings with others. I was terrible at coming out of my comfort zone and sharing anything I wrote with more than five people. Even with those people I would pick and choose what I would share. I was so nervous about my writing being viewed and ‘judged’ that I limited my creativity which then made me have zero motivation to write.

I posted my friend article not knowing what would happen but in my state of being uncomfortable I still felt no fear. What shocked me was once I posted my first blog piece it felt like a weight had lifted off my chest and I could breathe a sigh of relief. I kept my goal of posting at least once a day, and sometimes even twice a day. Once I started seeing people reading my blog posts and interacting with me it motivated me more. I started a Twitter account to find even more bloggers and to share my own work. Not only do I have the Word Press community but the Twitter community as well which makes me want to share more of work.

For everyone who has read, liked, commented on a post or followed me on either and/or both platforms, THANK YOU. I believe as a blogger I should embrace the blogging community and support other bloggers. No matter the content you share know I’m always happy to read it and give you feed back. Supporting each other can only grow ourselves and the people around us. I look forward to the growth and challenges the next days, months and years. I hope you will join me as I continue down this path because I will gladly join your journey too.