Driving Through Labor Day for a Special Lady

A Happy Birthday Trip for Holiday Dad’s Mother


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Wake up everyone, it’s that time of year again! The time for you to get excited about football and, not only that, Labor Day is right around the corner. Which one are you more excited about? Forget I asked, because I’m well aware of the answer that I may receive just like I’m well aware of a birthday that will be happening the same time we enjoy Labor Day weekend. 

My mother’s birthday falls on Labor Day weekend — actually it’s September 5th. Buying a gift for her is like trying to find Waldo; kind of hard to do, but when you finally find what you are looking for, you become irrational that it took you that long to find it. Then you immediately are displeased with it. But don’t worry, because I have a plan. I have decided to be her chauffeur for her birthday. We will be going on a safari adventure. Well, not to Africa, but close to it.

There’s a trail in Virginia through which you can drive for the purpose of viewing wildlife. My kids are excited about it and it puts a smile on my face when I can make the little kids happy as well as make the “big kid” happy. Mom will enjoy the scenery, nice wind and quiet transformation of the clouds. She will embrace the sun’s rays and the fluid motion of transportation. I’m sure she will like our safari adventure. How can I be so sure? Oh, I didn’t tell you? My Mother loves to drive and ride places. 

If I were planning a surprised party for her, I’d have to give her a call first to make sure she was going to be in town. Otherwise, she could easily end up in a different state enjoying the view. I’m happy that I get to be her chauffeur and we will be spending that time together. There’s nothing like family and special occasions, especially Labor Day birthdays during which a special lady will get to spend valuable time with her grandchildren and the animals. What a great combination!

G. I. Barrett, II, a short story author, novelist, freelance writer and poet, is a North Carolina native and proud father of a son and daughter. He has forthcoming novels, including The Rise & Fall of Love’s Gravitational Pull. Connect with Barrett on Twitter: @therealgeneralbInstagram: @wordolo_g and Facebook: facebook.com/therealgeneralb.

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G. I. Barrett, II, short story author, novelist, freelance writer and poet, is a native of North Carolina. He enjoys being a father and often considers himself the father of the year, every year. Being a dad has its perks. You get to shower your kids with love, food and the occasional evil eye. Every holiday enhances the relationship between a dad and his kids. Each month, Barrett will share parenting stories that focus on holidays from a dad’s perspective. When he’s not running down behind his daughter and son, or becoming a sturdy Stallion horse strong enough to carry two young and energetic cow-children on his back, he enjoys the family aspects of his community and incorporates his love for parenthood. Barrett has been featured in magazines and newspapers and believes painting the interesting parent picture with his “quill paintbrush” will help those who need reassurance that life is full of vibrant experiences.

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