This post is part of #SoCS for Saturday 5/16/20 and the prompt is “WANT”.
Want to know what’s in My Rattled Cage? Today I just want to share that this has been a great week. Last week I wanted my trip to my birthplace, which was also the birthplace of our 33rd president Harry S. Truman, Lamar, Missouri to go off without a hitch and it did perfectly. I want to share some pictures from that trip for which the main purpose was for me to place flowers on the graves of my mother who passed on Mother’s Day May 10th, 1998 as well as my grandmothers Ruby who passed at the age of 99 on November 2, 2012 and Wanda who passed at the age of 89 on February 11, 2013. I also placed flowers on my brother Dale Jr’s grave he passed when I was a little over three months old. I also placed flowers on my grandfathers and uncles’ graves as well.
After visiting the graveyards I drove a short drive into Pittsburg, Kansas to eat at a family favorite and tradition Chicken Mary’s. Chicken Mary’s and Chicken Annie’s were featured on the Travel Channels Food Wars Season 1, Episode 3 – Kansas Fried Chicken War. I include the link to the episode; you may have to sign in with you cable service provider to watch. I will not spoil it for you as to which restaurant one the war. My Grand ma Ruby was always a Chicken Annie’s Fan which is located one block away from Chicken Mary’s. My Grandma Wand and our family have always been fans of Chicken Mary’s and a trip to Lamar, Missouri isn’t complete until you have been to Chicken Mary’s.
When I started my trip, my mileage was at 754 and when I returned on Monday the mileage sat 2335. I have not shared pictures of my new car because I am still pinching myself as I cannot still believe that I am driving a 2020 Mitsubishi Mirage, so I want to share those as well.
The pictures below are in the order that I took them on my trip as I documented my journey. For me this trip was a rite of passage as I have never driven up. I have always flown, taken the Greyhound or ridden with my sister.
The big Choctaw Country log chair at the Oklahoma Welcome Center
Entering the County of my birth Barton, County
Flowers outside First Christian Church Lamar, Missouri
My Great Grandma Effie Cline’s grave
My Grandma Sylvia Crissman’s grave. She passed a few days after giving birth to my father. Her sister Ruby Cline Frieden raised my father.
My Grandma Ruby and Grandpa Fred’s graves. Grandpa Fred passed when I was a toddler, Grandma Ruby passed at 99 in November 2012.
My Brother Dale Jr.’s grave he passed of pneumonia in January 1967.
My Uncle Warren’s grave, he passed in cropdusting plane crash in Septemeber 1965.
My Grandma Wanda’s grave. She passed at 89 in February 2013.
My Papa Lee Winningham’s grave. He passed in April 1976.
My Uncle Kenny’s grave. He was my mother’s little brother. He passed on Christmas Eve 2011.
My mother.s grave. She passed on May 10th, 1998 which just happened to also be Mother’s Daythat year.
Entering Kansas to go have dinner at a family favority Chicken Mary’s.
The storyof Chicken Mary’s.
My delicious dinner. I also brought Chicken home to share with my husband Cruz who has never been.
A beautiful sunrise coming up on my way to meet my cousins for breakfast in Anderson Missouri.
Another picture of that beautiful sunrise.
My cousins Denie Patrick who is the baby of the cousins and her sister Darbi Stancell who was the third born of the six cousins.
A sign at the entrance to tthe Texas state line.
The Six Flags that fly over Texas at the Texas Welcome Center.
The Texas Welcome Center.
Buc-Cee and I being responsible because of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Buc-Cee’s is the best palce to stop on raod trips they have the cleanest bathrooms. In fact that is one of the things they are known for along withtheir fudge.
Mini Buc-Cee joining the others on my dash.
Now I will share pictures of my new car the red detail is what sold me on this car. I thought it was so different. That’s what’s in My Rattled Cage, thanks for stopping by!!
Today I write this post from my birthplace, Lamar, Missouri. I drove up yesterday so that I could lay flowers at my mother’s grave who passed 22 years ago today on May 10, 1998 which just so happened to be Mother’s Day.
This trip was one I needed to take because I have never been at my mother’s grave alone and so I have never had the chance to have a long conversation with her and tell her that I no longer blame her for all the things that happened to me as I was growing up nor for the choices that I have made as an adult. I have always held resentments towards her and my father because they did not know how to raise or handle a boy. I used to think they never wanted a boy. I now truly believe my parents did the best they could with who they were and what they had.
I currently have a sobriety date of January 4, 2020. I can say that I see a definite change in my attitudes towards my resentments towards my parents, even my resentments towards myself in regards to my struggles with relapses and journeys into recovery from alcoholism and addiction to cocaine. While yes I do have the genetic gene I believe for alcoholism and other addictive behaviors, I am at a point now where I have turned everything over to my Higher Power whom I choose to call God. I am already beginning to see differences in my mental attitudes and my spirituality is just growing even stronger.
As long as I remember daily that I cannot drink like other people and I cannot pick up that first drink ever, then I will also remember that recovery is a JUST FOR TODAY program. I only have to live my life in recovery ONE DAY AT A TIME!! So, I have let go and I am letting God guide me for His will to be done daily and not my own. I am seeing those 9th Step Promises coming true!!
That’s what’s in My Rattled Cage, thanks for stopping by!!