Approaching Gallup

Our imaginative and savvy tour guide Rochelle invited a busload of talented blogger roadies to write in a 100 words or less what they saw on Route 66. And just for kicks, I’m going along for the ride.

Approaching Gallup now…

Over the years she told him she would leave; yet she stayed.

But not today.
Books, paint brushes, fabrics she hangs on to for some reason, and pictures of the kids, all grown up now. Traces of a life, perhaps the seeds of a new beginning, packed in an old Buick…

It’s 11 p.m. A Dunkin’ Donuts sign zips by. Her mouth waters. She wants a donut and a big Joe, but it’s late.
Then she realizes that she no longer needs permission.
She laughs till she cries as euphoria fills the car.

Freedom is a midnight donut.

About emmylgant

Cloud watcher and dreamer sometimes wise, often foolish, but I am what I am.
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53 Responses to Approaching Gallup

  1. Mélanie says:

    @”Freedom is a midnight donut.” – excellent definition… even though I’m not a donut fan! 🙂


  2. afairymind says:

    Wonderful story. I hope she enjoys her freedom. 🙂


  3. Sometimes it takes too long to realize that we are free. Very uplifting and positive, nice work.


  4. Very nicely done piece and I totally understand. To take such action at this time of life takes a lot of courage. Good luck to her!


  5. She has certainly earned that midnight donut. I’m glad she can enjoy her freedom 🙂


  6. themodernidiot says:

    That’s killer.

    And if you’re in Gallup, yell loud; I’m right over here in Phoenix. Lunch is on me! 🙂


    • emmylgant says:

      Wonderful to see you here! If I ever go to Gallup again, or better yet to Phoenix (love the downtown library!) I’ll be sure to yell…sure thing if you’re buying lunch! 😉

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      • themodernidiot says:

        That library is a beautiful piece of building. For real, If you make it anywhere to the four corners, get in touch. Me and the dog love road trips.


  7. A big story in so few words. Bravo.


  8. dmmacilroy says:

    Dear Emmy,

    Your story hit a nerve with me. I love it and the taste of freedom that is in the air after reading it. Well done.




  9. Margaret says:

    I like how the realisation of her freedom is delayed until that donut moment, and then the explosion of euphoria. Lovely.


  10. I love that line, it says so much and I totally agree. The first time I flew by myself I bought half a dozen doughnuts at the Vancouver airport. I regretted it a little, but that’s what freedom is all about, right? 🙂


  11. A big deep breath of nighttime air – how liberating. I think I’d have had to ditch the “stuff” too. Clean slate and all that. But free is free is free. Whee!


  12. john zande says:

    Freedom is a midnight donut.

    For me it was pancakes, ice cream and chocolate topping for dinner 🙂


  13. Dear Emmy,

    I sit here exhilarated with her. Oh that moment of realization. You’ve captured it with a midnight doughnut. Make my coffee black, please.




  14. Great! I can feel her exhilaration of her liberation. Oh! The magic of a donut!


  15. makagutu says:

    the poet at her best. well done


  16. arjaybe says:

    Yes! That is the whole story, and it has a happy ending.-)


  17. rheath40 says:

    Sounds a bit like the new life I made for myself 16 months ago.


  18. Freedom is often found in the small things, I think, and your last line nailed that. I can feel her sense of release and freedom!



  19. penshift says:

    Oh, hell, we have all been there after ditching a long term relationship. ‘Freedom is a midnight donut’ is truly worthy line. Of course, I now want donuts.


  20. ‘Freedom is a midnight donut’ – that’s so lovely. A great way to sum it up.


  21. The little freedoms are sometimes the best. Quite well done.


  22. Sandra says:

    Freedom is a late night donut. And a few other things too which she’s about to discover. Nice one.


  23. The poet as a Fictioneer continues to amaze.
    Unlimited talent, it appears, cherie.


  24. Oh I love that final line.. and Gallup.. a place most are passing through. I think you have put that freedom into perspective… a midnight doughnut ..


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