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Roy Lee’s Big Adventure

We stood at the tail of the Old Man Car. Lingered in a parking lot.

“Why don’t we go grab a coffee? COFFEE?”

“Nah. We need to get home. I’ve gotta be at the VA on Monday. They’ve gotta check my coumadin.” Dad fiddled with his Georgia Bulldog hat. “Remember how I told that Donna at Buffalo River Farm how coumadin was really rat poison?”


Cars zoomed by the Green Hills Hampton Inn. On the way to wherever.



“Don’t gotta. Got plenty of toilet paper, though. In case I need Linda to……well…….you know………”

I swallowed. Hard. “YES. I KNOW. ARE YOU SURE—”

“We really need to—”

I hugged my mother. “Thank you. For making this……this……..”

“I’m proud of you, Andra.” Mom blinked. Turned away. “Now, Roy, if you tell me one time how to get out of here, I’m going to put you out on the side of the road.”

“Well, you better not follow them people too close, or I might just poke a hole in the floor with my fake foot brake.”

I leaned on MTM.

And, I waved into my parents’ rear view mirror as they drove away.

Don’t tell them how much I treasure the time we spent on the Natchez Trace.


Let it be our secret.


Click here to see the best photos of my parents and me during my Natchez Trace 444-mile walk: Andra Watkins Tumblr

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27 Comments Post a comment
  1. I really have no comments, Andra. Just hugs and a smile for you.

    April 5, 2014
  2. Having just spent a week with my “80 something” parents in NJ, I could not agree more with your video statement.

    April 5, 2014
  3. No secret to be kept, Andra, they know…. Besides, your love and affection for your parents screams from every SHOUT or “Now, Roy…” you put to paper! 🙂 Hugs.

    April 5, 2014
  4. That was your best video. Ever.

    April 5, 2014
  5. Loved that video! What a journey, Andra! And the fact that you could take it with your parents is just wonderful.

    April 5, 2014
  6. Your parents were wonderful and I’m so glad you got to spend this time with them. ❤

    April 5, 2014
  7. Jill Clary Stevenson #

    Treasure the time you spent with your parents and keep it close to your heart. These memories will sustain you one day when they are gone. Lots of love to you.

    April 5, 2014
  8. There is nothing more precious than time spent together. I’m glad for all of you that you had the opportunity to share this adventure.

    April 5, 2014
  9. tarakianwarrior #

    Oh Andra. Love this. :*-)

    April 5, 2014
  10. I join the chorus of delight with all who say enjoy this time with your parents. The video was amazing too. And this post is written with a wonderful feeling. Superb.

    April 5, 2014
  11. Words fail me. (but not a box of tissues.)

    April 5, 2014
  12. Cool that you got to spend that time. I need to do a road trip with my dad … before we can’t anymore.

    April 5, 2014
  13. Gulp. No, of course those aren’t tears in my eyes. ❤

    April 5, 2014
  14. My father has passed on, my mum lives thousands of miles away, perhaps that why I giggled and cried a bit to this vid. Loved it.

    April 5, 2014
  15. Funny… I had a dream with those bears above, so I’m sharing. Anyway, now you have to answer a question a day (or every few days) via YouTube, so get ready to not stop doing that, I suppose…

    April 5, 2014
  16. What’s that cliche we all beat to death? 80? It’s the new 70!

    April 5, 2014
  17. It sounds like you made the right call by sticking it out.

    April 5, 2014
  18. A grand adventure indeed…

    April 5, 2014
  19. I waved into my parents’ rear view mirror as they drove away… this is a great line, Andra…. it says a lot.

    If my daughters ever start talking to me in all caps…

    April 5, 2014
  20. Sweet. Wonderful, Memorable. Quotable. Thank YOU for sharing so much of yourself and thanks to your mom and dad for joining in. What a great, great thing to do.

    April 5, 2014
  21. Phyllis DeLong #

    My Dad died when I was 15. It would be wonderful to take a walk with him. God Bless, hang on to them. They will not be here forever.

    April 5, 2014
  22. how perfect – like a scene from a movie as they drive off into the sunset )

    April 5, 2014
  23. This has been great! What wonderful and not so wonderful memories! 🙂 (isn’t that always the way?)I hope your book is a bestseller, somehow that seems fitting ending. I read the article about your trip and book in the Post and Courier this morning; I was very proud I felt I knew you personally.

    April 5, 2014
  24. My entire body filled with goose bumps and I could feel the hairs on my head standing up straight! Precious.

    April 5, 2014
  25. You spent time with your parents through this adventure…that is something they and you will treasure for a long time 🙂

    April 5, 2014
  26. Debbie #

    What a wonderful present you gave to your parents and yourself! I know you will miss this time with them. For two summers before my Dad died we had a whole family gathering at the beach and I treasure those moments. My niece even did photo books which you need to do for you and your parents.

    April 5, 2014

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