…So what do you do when you’re headed toward the top of a hill on a narrow street and read the sign that says “Dead End” – and you’re pulling a 16’ livestock trailer and you see the only place to turn around is a short driveway at a stranger’s house? No circle driveway anywhere to be seen.
That happened to my husband and me last week after we had picked up a horse in West Mississippi. Trying to find a place to eat on the way home, we drove through Oxford. If you went to school at Ole Miss or are just an Ole Miss fan, you would know all about the area – but my husband went to Mississippi State and I went to college about 20 miles west of Starkville. We know about that area - but nothing about Oxford.
When we first realized we had made a turn into a residential area, we were going to just “make a block” and come back out where we started from. Much to our surprise, after making a left turn to complete the block, we saw the sign.
Thinking he might turn in a driveway, my husband drove a little further and realized there was no way to turn the rig around at the top so the only alternative was to back down the hill. With cars parked on the side of the street, he knew it was a challenge, but all of Hansford’s life, he could back a trailer as easily as pulling it forward; it’s just easier in familiar territory.
So down the hill we slowly backed, with me helping him be sure he missed the cars. We laughed and we cringed and then backed some more.
Luckily, there wasn’t much traffic - only one car went around us on the wrong side. We couldn’t see how hard they were laughing or what words they might have said about the crazy people who turned into a dead end street with a horse trailer!
We made it safely! We backed down to the street we came out of and made our way out of the maze. Then we drove through downtown, not because we wanted to but because we had to in order to get back to a major highway.
My son-in-law jokingly asked if we went to “The Square.” I said, “If you’re talking about the one around the Courthouse, the answer is ‘yes’ and I’ll bet they don’t see many livestock trailers come through that part of town!”
He thought it was quite funny and I do, too, now that it’s over. It wasn’t funny at the time.
We saw plenty of good places to eat lunch – trouble was there was no place to park the truck and trailer. But God is good and after getting back on the highway, we did find food at a restaurant chain with a large parking lot and got ourselves composed and fed.
…So when you see folks doing funny things in your town, don’t be so quick to criticize. They may have been totally surprised at something that just happened to them and they’re trying to figure out how to “fix it.” Smile and be kind – you may need the favor returned someday.
Lora Ann Huff is a Wenasoga resident and special columnist for the Daily Corinthian. Her column appears Friday. She may be reached at 1774 CR 700, Corinth, MS 38834.