Wednesday, April 14, 2010

It Pays to Be Cautious Out There. Real Cautious!

There are six of us in the room. The waiting room. We're each there to see the eye doctor. Except me. I'm the designated driver.

I'm not conducive to conversation this day...last Friday I had the heavy dosage of chemo (three drug combo) and my body feels tired and heavy. I'm motating okay. I'm just a bit quiet. And a tad grumpy.

The room is tiny...only 10 or 12 chairs and a tiny shelf holding magazines. A small room makes for conversation.

The older couple across the room (older than I by perhaps two decades) are conversationalists. They have already mentioned that the hubby has been getting shots in his eyes for macular degeneration. He's been doing that for some time. His driver's license is up for renewal soon. He hopes he will be able to pass the vision test.

Wifey reassures us with, "Bob is really an excellent driver." And then she adds this bit of information about herself..."I'm the sign reader. I see them good."

Bob feels he needs to fill in the blanks. He adds, "I don't want to take my eyes off the road." While she reads the signs, that is.

They like to drive to San Antonio each year. I checked it on mapquest. That's 982 miles due south of here.

If you're on the road between Iowa and Texas it's probably a good idea to be cautious on the highway. Real cautious. Just sayin'.

P.S. Today's word is "motate"! Can you believe "motate" is not in the dictionary? I've been using this word from way back. I can't believe it's not in Webster's! I found the definition in an online "unword" dictionary. Go figure. Then motate on down the highway.
  • (mō'tāt)

1. (v.) To leave.

Origins: From Latin movEre, to move, and -atus, to act upon; possibly related to the use of a motorized vehicle.



Glenda said...

Love this post! Made me smile! But you are right: caution is a good thing! And I think "motate" is a perfectly good verb!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Great post....Cute...and you are a wonderful glad our paths crossed

Debby said...

Holy cow. That is possibly the scariest thing I have read in a while.

Young Mom said...

Haha! So cute, I remember my husband's 80 something grandma a few years ago getting furious when they refused to renew her liscense because she couldn't pass the written exam (!) we tried to explain that it's kind of important to know what signs are what, but she insisted that she'd been doing just fine.

S. Etole said...

gives one pause for thought ... and I've always thought "motate" a word ...

Kelly said...

I'm glad you providing the explanation about "motate". I was wondering about it when you first used it.

I sure hope I have the sense to give up driving when it's time.