If you've been reading my blog for a while, you'll have seen the term "over the bridge". I'll write, "Today I went over the bridge to Barnes and Noble" or, "I went over the bridge with Zack to the aquarium."
We live on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, or as I am fond of saying, "you know, the stickie-outie part of Maryland".
The eastern shore is beautiful, but it's mostly rural, and therefore every so often I make a trip Over the Bridge. Today was one of those days, as Zack was off school for a teacher work day, and we'd planned an adventure day mixed with a few errands.
So, what does this bridge look like? Why, this!
Nearly five miles of terror. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Tall, imposing, three lanes going west, two lanes going east, with curves. And it's always, always got something under construction.
When rush hour gets hairy and people are heading to the shore, there's this nastiness where they take the three-lane bridge and make one lane head east and two lanes head west. I call it Very Bad Names and drive with even whiter knuckles than normal.
It took me a while, but after seven years of living on the eastern shore, I can now drive this bridge day or night without my spine crawling or my pulse speeding or needing a Xanax. Today, however, was different. Today, I dealt with 30mph winds and pouring rain.
Now ordinarily, when faced with 40° rain that the wind was driving sideways, I would have said, "Feh, let's watch Bridezilla's on TiVO" and called it a pajama day. But I'd made a promise to my son, and I keep my promises.
Did I mention that we had to go over a bridge?
There really is a point to this post. Even though it would have been fairly easy to bribe Zack into believing that a rainy day would be a perfect day to hang out and watch TV and play video games and basically stay indoors and be DRY, I made a promise. That bridge is hella scary, but I've driven it a million times -- in rain, snow, wind, darkness, and fog -- really, I had no excuse.
So I left it to Zack.
"Hey, Zack-man. It's icky out. You still want to go?"
"OK then. Get your coat."
Promises. Keep 'em.