I never actually entertained the thought of spending a night in Monroe, Louisiana, but last night, the Holiday Inn Express looked pretty darned good. After 2 weeks of caregiving in Graham, and then stopping off in Abilene to see my father-in-law who is in the hospital there, and 10 hours on the road in the wind and rain, I knew I could not make those last 5 hours home. While I am mentally rested this morning, there is just about no place on me that does not hurt! I am having some coffee, courtesy of the bottled water left in my room by the hotel staff (apparently, the chemical smell that permeates the air of Monroe also permeates the water and makes it a lovely rusted brown color--kind of like being in Greenville, Mississippi), and watching the wind and rain outside my window in the early morning semi-light. Looks like another gray day of rain driving.
This has been a good trip, and while I will be really happy to be home later today, it is another good memory and a reminder of the importance of relationships.