Life is crazy good at the Palace. The flag hanging outside my front door says so.
Today some of our inmates decided to go to a local church located a few miles from here for one of their annual Christmas festivals involving children, music, food and fun. What better way to spend the day.
There were five ladies who participated in the all-morning affair. One of the ladies was there with her daughter who had driven everyone to the event but was not feeling well and the mother-daughter team departed. I’m not sure what they left in, but the car belonging to one of the two was left for the others to come home in, since that’s the way they got there in the first place.
So, much later, the three stranded participants gathered together around the set of car keys that had been left to them and pondered their next move. Since they had the keys, they decided to use the car and come back to the Palace; however, they weren’t sure where the car was parked as none of them had driven…and you know how little attention you pay to such details if you aren’t going to be held responsible for misplacing a car.
After some searching and pondering, they found what appeared to be the right car…at least a couple of them thought so. One was decidedly uncertain and she got in and out of the car several times expressing her doubt over it being the right car. She had the keys that seemed to carry with them a lot of responsibility. She got in the driver’s side and sat there awhile, pondering what to do.
Filled with uncertainty about the car’s ownership, she expressed more hesitation about trying the keys in the ignition. She finally said she didn’t think she ought to drive, that her husband always did the driving.
So she got out of the car and traded places with another passenger who, after pondering her position as driver of the vehicle responsible for two other passengers, said she hadn’t driven a car in “YEARS” and didn’t think she should be the one to drive.
They shuffled positions again so my neighbor who shared the story with me volunteered to drive everyone back to the Palace. She’s very active and drives all over Kansas and Colorado just on a whim so everyone was in safe hands. I’m not sure how they would have resolved their dilemma without her, but being a resourceful group, they would have found a way. I’m sure they had interesting tales of their dilemma to relate to their spouses. Or maybe not.
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