Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Stop touching me!!!

Back when I was much, much younger, my family took two trips.  They were both to Florida and we drove both times.  From New York to Florida.  Without stopping.  I am 41 years old and that last trip I had to be around 7 and yet I STILL have flashbacks to it.  

As we prepare to make the drive to visit my in-laws for Thanksgiving, it is exhausting to think of everything that we will need to make sure that everyone is entertained, no one is touching anyone, and that we have everything that we'll need in case of an emergency.  I'm telling you, I need a vacation from planning and packing for the vacation!

There are multiple suitcases filled with everything that four people will need for five days.  There is a cooler jam packed with sandwiches, drinks and snacks for a ten hour drive so that we don't have to stop for anything.  There are portable DVD players so that there will be something for the boys to watch and not have to talk to one another (or us!).  There are bags of books, magazines and portable electronic devices guaranteed to keep everyone entertained should everything else fail.  

The adults get to...sit and listen to the DVD players that we cannot see, not have radio and generally sit quietly so that the children can hear all of their entertainment.  Well, unless I go out and purchase headphones for them so that maybe we, the weary drivers, can actually be entertained.  

By the time we arrive at our destination, the last thing I want to do is be near anyone or sit anywhere.  My fingers are crossed for a good, safe and friendly trip!


Petula said...

Oh good grief! Good luck on the trip. LOL! The last time I piled two of my three (at the time) children in the car for the long ride from Georgia to the Eastern Shore of Maryland probably was more than five years ago. LOL... That is a ride that I'm not eager to make again. I remember the solo rides I used to make from Upstate New York to Maryland and the first time I made it with a toddler in tow. I never did that again. :-D I hope all the entertainment choices work. Safe travels and happy Thanksgiving.

Lin said...

What happened to the good 'ole days when everyone slept in the car??? Have a safe trip and Happy THanksgiving!