Back Where I Come From, Day 25

Back Where I Come From…day 25. I really do hate that it is only five more days until the challenge ends. I doubt Suzanne Gunter McClendon thought for a second that her challenge would be so cathartic, but I am sincerely grateful that it has been. So, just a bit more on my childhood place on the planet.

Day 25: What is your hometown known for? In other words, what makes it special?

Honestly?  Not a danged thing. There is the highway interchange, I suppose.  The highways that meet are 95  (N-S route between Washington, DC and Richmond), 495 which circles Washington DC,, and 395 which is the Washington to Virginia route.  They all meet in the center of Springfield in a spaghetti bowl of bridges and interchanges.

It is an absolute horror to navigate.

It has the added attraction of commuter lanes (2 of them) that change directions during the day. I was once stranded on that “express lane” with a broken down car facing the “wrong” direction.

west view towards Fairfax

Other than that, it is simply a planned (well, they say they planned it) community.

Isn’t that a wonderful looking interchange?  yea, I never thought so either.  If you look at the bottom right of the picture you can see the baseball field where I played in Little League.  And my house is in the center bottom of the picture. How’d you like to live that close to the interstate?

The house I lived in before the birth of my sister is on the far left side towards the top.

Southern view towards Richmond

Isn’t that a horrible thing to be known for?

6 thoughts on “Back Where I Come From, Day 25

  1. Thank God you found Oklahoma. In my working days as a driver, Washington DC was the ultimate nightmare. I’d sooner negotiate Los Angeles 100 times before taking on the beltway.


    1. I have lived in Chicago, Los Angeles, Orlando, Nashville and Atlanta. The Springfield interchange was the MOST horrifying road I have ever encountered…and I learned to drive there!


  2. I couldn’t imagine driving on those roads! We have a couple of small ones here, and I won’t drive over them. 🙂


  3. Oh how horrible to have lived so close to that very scary roadway. It looks as scary as those high-rise, multi-tiered roads in Houston. I think I would have a heart attack if I happened to be on it during the direction change time. I would just freeze up and not be able to move. While I have pretty much mastered Houston driving, I do not enjoy any part of it at all. Give me a little country town with its maniacal drivers any day!

    Thanks for sharing about your spaghetti bowl. I’m glad you got out of that mess!

    About your statement at the top, no, I had no idea these questions would be an actual help to anybody. I thought it might just be a fun diversion. I am glad that, although not always fun, these questions are helping you to work through things that you need to work through. I thank you for saying that, too, especially at this point in my life when I am wondering why I was even put on this planet. It is nice to have done something that has made a difference for somebody.

    Thank you for participating. Have a blessed day. 🙂


    1. oh, never doubt your purpose for being on this planet of ours. You may not see or even hear about the blessings that occur simply because of contact with you but I can emphatically say, they have to be many. I look at the questions you ask, the thoughts that you share and know what a wonderful person you are. I am sure there are many who have passed through your life that were helped simply by knowing you.


      1. Thank you, Suze. That is such a sweet thing to say. You have put a huge smile on my face this morning. Your kind words throughout this challenge have been a help to me and I appreciate them very much. I know there are many that have been blessed by you along the way, too. Thank you.

        Have a blessed day. 🙂


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