Anything is Possible!

With Love, Hope, and Perseverance




An air bus flew me to Mississippi where I’m visiting with three girlfriends from high school. It wasn’t an Airbus, which seems to be a brand name, but a jet that felt like a bus because it felt cramped and confined like a bus in the sky.

Catching up and reminiscing with my old friends, not that we’re really old, because old gets older every year,  being with friends I’ve known since high school, felt natural. On our first day here, we painted pottery. I LOVED forgetting about almost everything else and painting a design, a tree with hearts for leaves, on the dish I picked out.

On our second day, we saw Indian Burial Mounds on the Natchez Trace, then went to see the little, white house where Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo. We had a lovely dinner at the home of my friend and talked about how much we valued our friendship. How we knew each other back when and ever since.

Travel is not something I do often, but September is the exception with my trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains earlier this month, and now this reunion in Mississippi.

I used to think it would be cool to travel across country in a bus, a hippie bus,


or a VW bus.



My high school sweetheart, who moved to Connecticut after we had dated for less than a year, thought about driving his VW bus back down south to visit me. But his family convinced him that the “Iron-Sided Shackwagon,” as his grandfather called it, wouldn’t make it that far. So he waited.

He waited for about 39 years, then drove 700 miles to see me again. The timing was perfect. He didn’t drive down in a VW bus. But maybe someday, we’ll get a van or an RV and travel across the country.



Today’s Stream of Consciousness prompt was the word, “bus,” thanks to Linda Hill at:

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!


Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

20 thoughts on “Traveling

  1. How awesome yonr connect after all those years! Lovely story. 😄

    • Thank you! We had to become ready. There was also a gap in years with the girlfriends. Besides Christmas cards, we hardly any contact during the 80s and 90s. It wasn’t until 2010 that we had our first girlfriend’s reunion which indirectly helped my high school sweetheart (now husband) find me in 2011 when we were ready – when we had learned what we needed to learn to be together again.

  2. Oh I love these VW camper vans (as we call them here in the UK). I’d love to have one at some point (a driving licence would be a good start… or a chauffeur!

  3. So pleased you had such a good trip and enjoyed your reunion.. And I just love those old VWs.. You can seem to pack so much into them.. xxx

  4. Really nice to had recounted the memories right? Wow, it was a long time to wait to make the drive. But happy he did!

  5. The timing was perfect. 🙂 Thanks for being happy with me!

  6. I have always wanted to travel across the country in a hippy van!! It would be so fun!!

    Check out my blog for travel posts, I know I’m going to be following yours!-

Feel free to comment!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s