One-Thud Morning

Daughter Lise noticed sun on a mountain as we came down the steep hill. When we came back, I paused in the middle of Jonathan Creek Highway while John and Lise continued to the other side. This is the best shot I’ve taken so far of the highway we cross to get to the creek, and the sun-splashed mountain shows clearly.

We live out from town. This is the connecting road to I-40.

The Thud game began right at this point seven years ago. We are careful crossing this highway, because many vehicles go far beyond the speed limit. Once in a while we miscalculate the speed. It’s a close call if you almost run and your heart rate increases dramatically. We say THUD! exactly as the car comes to the point it would have hit us if we hadn’t hurried. When Lise walks to her office in Copenhagen, she plays the Thud game when crossing busy streets. She has to watch out for bicycles, as well as cars.

There was a car heading toward me in this photo. By the time I put away the camera and crossed the road, that car was close. I said Thud! as I rejoined John and Lise.

36 thoughts on “One-Thud Morning

    1. The most dangerous time to cross the highway is in dense fog. We try to be very careful. God put us here for a reason, and it wasn’t to play dodgeball on the road. Lise leaves in a week. The time has flown by, and I know she is anxious to get back to Copenhagen to check on the extensive renovation of her flat.

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      1. Prayers for a continued great visit and safe travel home for Lise. My children are all in the US but most of them far away, Orlando, Seattle, and parts in between. Glad you have this time to be together.


        1. You have a very scattered family. Our extended family is mostly on the East coast. The son that lives with us right now wants to move to Washington state. Isn’t it marvelous that we have phones and the internet to keep us connected?

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          1. Yes, absolutely. I would e lost without Facebook a nd my daughter’s pictures and videos. We see and hear other members of the family in various degrees. But Facebook has also allowed me the connection with my cousins that I hadn’t known existed. Had a video chat with three of them this morning.


  1. Wow! A stunning backdrop of the mountains … I can imagine a few close encounters with cars as people stop to gawp at the beauty! I hadn’t realised it but I was playing THUD most of the time in Leipzig… This time with the trams! I never did seem to see them and my friends has to yank me back to safety!


  2. Goodness! I don’t know if “Thud” is a way of looking at it. lol. However, I remember those huge divides from when I lived in Alabama, so I remember how calculating those crossings could be tenuous at best.


      1. I have my car lights on auto, but I noticed they don’t just turn on willy nilly, it has to get pretty dark for them to automatically come on, so now, if I have any doubts, I turn them on myself.


  3. What a beautiful setting. I have to laugh at the THUD game! The Amish and Mennonites who live near me have a fatalistic view of life. They would probably enjoy the game! 🙂


  4. Yikes! I am always watching for people texting and driving – grrrr, but I also have to watch sidewalks cracks and uneven pavement. Walking can wear you out, not only by the steps you take, but worrying what is going on around you. You have a beautiful route Anne.


      1. The next street over is where I walk the majority of the mile back and forth to the Park. They have been ripping up portions of that street the last four years – it is ripped up again, so I just detour (another mile), if they are already working that morning … I’ve lucked out lately as I think they have banker’s hours. 🙂

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