Thursday, January 24, 2008

Ole Bessie

Yes, I know you have all been sitting around wondering where is Rhonda.....I haven't seen her in you think she froze to death in the ice and snow?......Maybe she hopped on that Flexible Flyer and slide all the way to sunny, warm Florida:)

Well, no, nothing as dramatic or glamorous as that. I have been buried under a pile of books and papers. What types of books you ask ~ Ancient Literature, Poetry, Steamy Romance perhaps?.....NOPE. Assessment of the Gifted and Talented. Do you have any idea the number of tests designed to measure intelligence? Do, you even care....I thought not. I don't blame you, it is very dry reading.

I have been getting ready for the final exam in my Gifted Endorsement class (this is the second class in the four class series, so WoooHoo, I'm half way there!!) . It was supposed to be held Tuesday night, but the weather threw us a curve ball and we had freezing rain all day. So...the class was cancelled and re-scheduled for next Wednesday. That means an extra week to worry about it....Uhmmm, I mean prepare for it;)

Yesterday, as the temperature warmed to a balmy 48 degrees, I headed outdoors to spend some quality time with my new/old love~ Ole Bessie ~

This truck belonged to my Papa. I can still see him in it....driving up the hill, headed into town. Often times, to go to the hardware store, or to the market for my GramMa. Driving it makes me feel somehow still connected to him. I have something akin to love for this old machine, and I can't begin to describe the peace and contentment I experience just from moseying down the road in it. Yes, I know, I'm crazy sentimental:)
After my Papa passed away, I purchased it from my GramMa. The last couple of years it has resided at my parents, but now she has returned to me and I suspect she will live here until the day it is time to put her out to pasture. Until then, she is my work horse and my friend. We're just a couple of old girls enjoying the ride.....happy trails:)


Kathleen Grace said...

I love old trucks. I couldn't care less about the latest model of anything, but old trucks just grab my heart! How wonderful that it belonged to someone you love so much and has the memories to go along with the charm:>)

BittersweetPunkin said...

oh Rhonda...I love the story about your Papa's wonderful that you have it!

My DS took a talented and gifted test in elementary school because he was so very neat!

Sandra said...

Love the story of Ole Bessie, so sweet :)

Good luck with the test!

Back Through Time said...

That was such a sweet story about your Papa and ole Bessie. I am so glad you have wonderful memories to reflect back on, I do too and they are precious.
Good luck with your test, You will do fine I am sure!
btw, I think I am the crazy one with not liking to smell dirt, More people have told me they like it too, So you're safe, LOL Guess you would think I was even nuttier if I tell you that earthworms make me gag so bad I almost puke??

Brenda said...

That is so sweet. I often think of my papaws old car that someone got and just let it turn to junk.So sad

Hope said...

Hi Rhonda,
So glad you're back and to know you've been doing something exciting like reading that (yawn) book!! One of the many reasons I never went back to school!! :)

I love your Papa's old truck and I'm envious that you get to drive it. My Pappy never drove a vehicle...only an old horsedrawn wagon!! It would be nice if I had that too!!

Thanks for sharing your memories!

Love and Hugs,

Counting Your Blessings said...

Blaze a trail, girl! Blessings... Polly

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

My Papaw had a mint green one, older but I know just how you feel. What a blessing to have it with you :)


Nunnie's Attic said...

Love the truck Rhonda! Send me some of your weather!


Kari & Kijsa said...

Happy trails to you sweet Ole Bessie!

Have a blessed day!

smiles, kari & kijsa

Cottage Contessa said...

Love ole Bessie and the story behind her. I hope you two have many days of long sentimental journeys together sweetie!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Cathy ~ Tadpoles and Teacups said...

Send some snow our way, but only for a day. :-)

Happy trails (amd warm and safe) to you!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

I love your old truck! I have wanted to get one and paint it lavender and put my Lavender Hill Studio Logo on it. I can picture me driving around the countryside go to flea markets and filling it up with furniture to mosaic!

Meggie said...

Ole Bessie is a Beauty! She has lots of years in her yet...all for you to enjoy! Good luck on the exam.