Written by Andrea Bowling
I see the gas needle moving towards the quarter tank mark. I take a breath and pick up the phone to look at the signal. One bar. I pull over and try to call you again.
Ring…. Ring…. Crackle…. Ring
“Hello? Ryan? Can you hear me?” my dad asks.
“Dad I can hear you! What street was I supposed to turn on?” I say trying not to move so I won’t lose signal.
We were supposed to be to the cabin three hours ago, but bathroom breaks and getting a late start has us trying to find our way on unfamiliar forest service roads in the night fog.
I am second guessing myself using the little money I had saved, to buy gas for a weekend away with my girls. My hand automatically checks my pocket for my last five dollars until pay day.
“Dad I passed the ranger station, but I can’t find the next road,” I say hoping my phone still has signal.
Beep beep, my phone signals the call has been lost.
“Crap!” I yell and smack the steering wheel.
I hear a little sob in the back seat, “Dad, I am scared. Where are we at?” my oldest girl asks.
“Just looking for the turn honey, we should be there any minute,” I try and reassure her.
I feel like a failure, I am not able to make enough money to take my girls on a proper camping trip and now I cannot find the road to get them to a safe place to sleep tonight.
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