100 Word Challenge: Daze

On the days I run errands, I map out a short and efficient route. I don’t like backtracking. I want to make a smooth transition from one place to another. Last week, I deviated from my original plan and all hell broke loose.

At the end of my run, I decided to make an unscheduled stop and took an off-route turn which lead me home by a different than usual way.

It was not a strange part of town. I had driven home that way hundreds of times so what happened was especially bizarre.

For only a moment (probably no longer than half a minute), I didn’t recognize where i was. I was completely flummoxed by the seemingly uncharted terrain. I was on the verge of panic, and this ][ close to pulling over, when I saw an identifiable landmark. Then everything clicked into focus and I knew exactly where I was, how I got there, and why I was there.

My grandma used to call what happened, “woolgathering.” I was thinking about something else, and was running on autopilot. Not a good thing to do while tooling around in a one and a half ton vehicle. I simply lost track of what I was doing and it was not a comforting feeling.

I’m considering sewing name and address tags into my clothing in case I get hopelessly lost for certain, or an ID bracelet that reads: In case found, please call….

Or instead, I think I’ll just pay more attention to what I’m doing and where I’m going.

“I have never been lost, but I admit to being confused for several weeks.” Daniel Boone

This week’s word is:


What to do:

Using “daze” for inspiration, write 100 Words – 100 exactly – no more, no less. You can either use the word – or any form of the word – as one of your 100, or it can be implied. Include a link in your post back here, and add your story to the Mister Linky list. If you don’t have a blog, you can leave your submission in the comment section, or as a Facebook status post. Remember to keep spreading the love with supportive comments for your fellow Wordsters.

  1. The people to worry about are those who think they know where they going but, are really woolgathering.

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