My Three Companions

This is such a tough question to answer, if I were in a long trip in a van and could not drive which three people alive or dead would I want as travel companions? Let’s assume that my children are also in the van otherwise this question would be easy to answer.


The first person I would want to be with me is my Grandma June. She passed away when I was about eleven, she was the most amazing woman I had ever met. She encouraged me in all that I did. Taught me how to walk quietly and with leaving as little evidence as possible that you were there. She could he walking down a gravel road and you wouldn’t hear a thing, she was just that amazing. She showed me how to appreciate beauty in everything, often stopping to enjoy the flowers in the ditches. We enjoyed the same books and a love for writing. I recall her showing me her poems when I excitedly told her I wanted to be an author. We were supposed to go to the Amana Colonies together about a week before she died but she cancelled because she wasn’t feeling well. We never got to go on a trip together so I would want her to be my first companion so we could finally have that moment. It would be nice to listen to family stories.


My other two companions would be my parents. I would rather have them with me and create wonderful memories than have some famous person who I would never see again. When I was younger travelling with my parents was fun. Dad would stop at these amazing truck stops and diners, it seemed like many people skipped over them. I loved exploring them. Often times we’d stop at antique shops so we could browse through clocks and watches to see if we could find a treasure. It would be fun to be able to do that again. Plus if I couldn’t drive I would rather it be my dad behind the wheel.


I suppose my three are rather ordinary but it’s perfect for me. Who would you travel with?



About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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4 Responses to My Three Companions

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    It’s always good to travel with a soulmate like your grandmother. I loved traveling with my dad – we liked to explore the same sorts of things, especially if they had historical significance. Mom always wants to shop, and I hate shopping.

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  2. jeff7salter says:

    beautiful memories of your folks, especially your grandmother.
    I can’t suggest there will be vans in Heaven, but I hope when you’re reunited with her there… that y’all can take a trip together somehow.

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  3. Lovely. I will mention the importance of family, too, but I thought I’d take along a few famous-but-gone people who would be an interesting mix…and see what all of you think of it.

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  4. Joselyn says:

    I love stopping at antique shops too. You get a taste of the area there and a little of the history, though it would be nice to have someone tell you about it. I’ve noticed different things end up in thrift stores and antique shops around the country.


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