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Best Laid Plans

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For months, I’ve been planning a road trip down South to see my girlfriends, some of whom I haven’t seen in 15 years. We’re all women now. We have careers, families. We’re interesting. We’re funny. We keep up on Facebook, but I want to learn more about their rich, sweet lives.

Now, on the eve of my departure, the forecast calls for more snow. Bloody, wretched snow. I would postpone a day, but the plans of six people — six families — would be disrupted.

The snow has upended life for a month now: Commuting is more difficult, even as the melt begins. I can’t remember the last time I ran. The dog misses chasing after the Frisbee each afternoon; maybe just as much as I do. I can’t remember what my once-beautiful yard looked like. We lost a forgotten cedar in the corner of the front yard. Our magnolia’s branches are scattered about, much like broken doll arms. I worry the courtyard’s plants will not find salvation.

Such is Madame Winter’s wrath.

If I leave after deadline I can beat some of the snow, maybe all of it. I should be able to reach the state line before dawn. So I’ll travel in the dead of night, down I-95, in search of better weather and friends I need to know again.

Author: Jacqui Barrineau

Jacqui Barrineau is a writer and editor who lives in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., with husband Trey, a Shetland Sheepdog, and two unhelpful-but-funny cats. Her work has appeared in "So to Speak" and "Calliope," and she's a regular contributor to the flash-fiction sites Paragraph Planet and Doorknobs & Bodypaint. Once upon a time, she was the audience engagement editor at USA Today. Now she does other fun things that involve advertising, marketing and social media. The views expressed here and in other outlets are hers, not her employers'. Outside of work, she's proud to serve on the Northern Virginia Community College Marketing Advisory Committee. As a committee member, she joins industry leaders in lending their knowledge and expertise to ensure the college's Marketing curriculum is relevant and responsive to the needs of the students and the surrounding business communities.

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