Driving Miss Susan

Driving Miss Susan

For the past couple weeks, I’ve not been able to drive due to some medical issues. That means I’m at the mercy of friends and family to transport me wherever I go. At first I felt awful about the whole situation. I felt I was inconveniencing people and being a burden. I’m beholden to them for a run to the grocery store, to return library books, or to get the kids to practices and play dates. To say I am annoyed by the whole situation is an understatement. I truly feel like a modern-day Driving Miss Daisy.

Relationships Renewed

But over the course of these last few weeks, I have also started seeing things in a different light. Suddenly, I had unscheduled time alone with my sister and friends to talk, vent, laugh, and just be together. After the first few days I began to think: When was the last time my big sister and I had time without kids or spouses to just talk? What a blessing, I started to realize, and what an anomaly in today’s world where we run from one thing to the next and have to schedule get-togethers months ahead.

There is something about that human connection I didn’t realize I was missing so much. Sure, I’m in contact with friends and family via phone, e-mails, and Facebook. But this was different. When you’re physically together there are no filters. It’s just the two of you…spending time together.

Blessing in Disguise

Now, I would be lying if I said this experience has been easy. Not being able to hop in the car and run to the store makes life a little more inconvenient and, quite frankly, bugs me. But I’m beginning to see that the benefits far outweigh the negative parts of this experience. In fact, in so many ways, it’s truly been a blessing in disguise.

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About the Author

By day, Susan Hines-Brigger is the managing editor of St. Anthony Messenger. By night, she and her husband, Mark, are the caretakers and social directors for their four kids: Maddie, Alex, Riley, and Kacey.