Today I chose prompt #2, simply because I couldn’t think of a single instance of prompt #1 (“Sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind. Write about a time you taught someone a lesson you didn’t want to teach”). Oh, I’m sure there have been some experiences like that; I just don’t remember them. So here is prompt #2:
2. Talk about a time when you were driving and you sang in the car, all alone. Why do you remember this song and that stretch of road?
I have a 26-mile commute to work, so when I’m not listening to podcasts or audio books, I am singing! The time I remember most vividly was embarrassing even when I think of it now. It was 1998, and I had seen the movie Titanic several times. Oh, what an epic adventure! The tragedy! The romance! The breathtaking sets and gorgeous costumes! ::le sigh::
At the time, I was working evening shift, so it was after midnight as I plummeted down a two-lane country road at 60 mph. I was singing along to “My Heart Will Go On”; my voice cracking, tears streaming down my face. The song always brings back memories of the beautiful scene in which Jack and Rose kiss for the first time, and I always tear up at stuff like that!
So there I was, singing and sobbing ridiculously, when all of a sudden, some kind of small animal streaked out onto the road. My heart leaped; I shrieked in surprise! Somehow I managed to swerve, narrowly missing the creature, but it took a few seconds to get straight on the road again (and quite awhile longer for my heart to go on)!
I felt like a complete idiot. Thank goodness there were no witnesses!