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A dose of reality

Posted Monday, July 25, 2011, at 3:43 PM

A quick getaway that changes one's perspective on what is important and what should not be, should be required by law.

We all know far too well that life seems to toss at us obstacles that seemingly drag us down and make us wonder when the madness will end. If I had heard one more time, "be patient things will get better" or "He only gives you as much as you can handle" I was going to scream! I felt like I was being dumped on majorly and there was no end in sight.

To alleviate a bit of the pressure that we were feeling we packed up the car, boarded the animals and headed south to Branson, Missouri. We were going to run away and hide for a few days, while discovering the sights and sounds of life outside of Iowa. We grabbed an Atlas and just in case my hubby was under the impression that I knew how to read a map, we brought the GPS along too.

We traveled down I29 thinking that we may get a glimpse of the Might Mo flooding. Much more devastating in person. Farms engulfed in murky waters, towns surrounded by the river, no way in nor out.

Following our detour though we were in contact with good friends from Correctionville who were on their way home from vacation. We met in St. Jo, Mo...we joked that we would meet them in Minnesota next, because it seems as though we can't find time to hang, other than in other states.

On to Branson. If you have never been, do. We rode the Ducks, listened to dueling pianos, we even visited Silver Dollar City. Yep grandma rode the log ride, a raging river, swings and this pendulum thing where my stomach was left in disarray...but who says a 52 year old lady is too old to have fun at an amusement park? We even met up with another friend and we went to SIX, a very entertaining Branson Show. It was amazing and I would highly recommend it!

This is one vacation where we were not ready to leave. It was relaxing and fun. But alas our pets and jobs needed to be tended to. Before heading north, we decided to visit Joplin, the Missouri town that had been hit by a devastating tornado in May. I was not prepared for what I saw. I immediately started weeping inside and out as I saw homes totally destroyed, personal items sitting on a foundation where the walls were destroyed. A true sign of hope was where a church had once stood, the cross survived and near the cross was a U.S. flag mysteriously intertwined among stripped branches of a large tree that remained by the street.

We began our wonderful getaway viewing the devastation of the flood waters and ended it by viewing the remnants of Mother Nature's fury. A sad way to begin and end one of the best vacations ever. Even in the midst of a dream getaway, a dose of reality is sometimes needed.

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Trudy J. Schroeder
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