…that can’t be unseen.
It’s cloudy and mostly dark…it’s supposed to be dark. It’s seven-thirty on a very late October morning. If it had cleared I would have noted that the sun was still below the horizon as I began my morning exercise, a three or four-mile walk through my little piece of heaven.
I’ve seen animals, reptiles, and birds of all sorts on my early morning walks. I’ve been dive-bombed by hawks, pulled up short by a brown bear, sent back to the house by a pack of red eyes peering back at me, reflected in the light of my headlamp. There have been deer and turkeys a plenty. I’ve been ankle attacked by a pigmy potbellied pig, but I ain’t never seen nothin’ like ‘is.
I’ve passed vehicles parked along the little spur of a road called Airline Lane. Usually, they are hunters this time of year or maybe a carload of college kids who had an impromptu party at the lone pull off and decided to stay and sleep it off. Much safer than defying fate by driving drunk and sneaking back onto the campus of the nearby Christian university.
Not quite wide enough to be a double track, the gravel road was recently paved and is not wide enough for people to really pull off onto a shoulder that does not exist. Not quite enough road for the big Ram 2500 with big ole tires and a big ole covered trailer.
The behemoth sat quietly right in the middle of the road like a sedated prehistoric mammoth. I approached it from behind unable to see anything in the truck. I walked up on the driver’s side making sure I was visible in the big west coast mirrors. It didn’t matter, they weren’t paying attention to anything but themselves.
I was careful, unsure of what I might run into. I’ve seen too many slasher films and fully expected to find a mutilated dead body or five. If they were still in this world, I didn’t want to scare them and get myself shot. I didn’t scare them, and I didn’t get shot…I did get shocked. An old saying ran through my mind, “Please put some clothes on, you’re scaring the animals.”
Glancing inside of the cab I found they wuz nekid as jaybirds and enjoying the fine morning in a way I only faintly remember. I resisted knocking on the window and asking, “Hey y’all. What y’all doin’ this fine morning.”
I applaud their passion…especially at the crack of dawn on a lonely country road. How romantic…or moronic. If I were rating them like an Olympic event it would have been near-perfect score…not that they cared. They were as oblivious as I was embarrassed. Thankfully they never saw me. I wish I hadn’t seen them. Talk about a broad expanse of white. That boy’s butt ain’t never seen the light of day and girl watch out you might break the window pushing on it like that.
I’ve seen passion on a country road before, but it always involved farm animals. I wondered if they simply pulled off for a nap during the night and woke up in an amorous mood that morning or if at the crack of dawn, the urge hit them, and throwing caution to the wind, conveniently chose my little lane as the site for their acte d’amour.
I am reminded of earlier days from a lifetime ago, but no I ain’t nevah done that. Pondered on it but I tended to scout my sparkin’ spots ahead of time. There is something to be said for spontaneity…or stupidity in the name of lust.
Oh well, maybe a scene for a future book. To be young and foolish again…in love or at least, in a reasonable facsimile. I tip my hat to you and am glad you had exited my little piece of heaven by the time I returned.
Don Miller’s rants, raves, and humor can be found at https://www.amazon.com/Don-Miller/e/B018IT38GM