I have had one of those weekends where I would just like to skip town.
You know the feeling I am sure.
It is not always a reflection on those around you, then again it may be.
Sometimes it is triggered by a particular type of sunny day. Not too hot, slight breeze and a scattering of clouds across an azure blue sky. Days that remind you of being free.
Perhaps it is a song in the car. At the moment I am listening to the best of Paul Simon. His music takes me back to being so young, so unsure, so fresh and free and totally confused. Free as a bird whose wings were weighted down with family obligations and a troubled mind.
Well, today I had both the perfect sunny day and the nostalgic music drift into my mind and curl itself around the part of me that occasionally eschews responsibilities.
I was driving back from a one hour jaunt at the big shopping centre. I only popped over to have an hour to myself as both yesterday and today K is working, leaving me with lots of time with my son. So I like to have some time out before getting on with the things I do as a grown up.
So I am driving back and some song came on. One of Paul Simon’s. I think it was “The Obvious Child”. Full of words of youth, love and times long gone. The breeze blew softly into my open car window as I sat at the lights waiting to go. That warm breeze that moves around you and tucks itself under your hair before disappearing.
When that breeze went, I wanted to follow it.
I felt that longing. That urge to just keep driving. Not to anywhere in particular. Just on and on. Listening to the music, feeling the warm air around me. What a delicious urge. What an enticing feeling.
However, once I reached the point in the road where I make the turn off to go home, well, I turned off and went home.
Now I have just made bolognaise sauce for dinner tonight. Will make a cake for the school week, put a few loads of washing on, hang them out, vacuum the house and later, in the evening, I will go for a long walk and when I get home out will come the ironing board.
Runaway days and driving music. They should bottle that feeling. It is quite unique and yet so universal.