I just got back from a road trip to upstate New York to visit family. My husband had to work, so I made the 12-14 hour trek alone with the kids. Here are some random thoughts I had while I sit here recovering:
10: Most people are probably still shuddering from having read the opening lines of this post.
9: I remember, when I was a kid, the last hour of car rides were utterly hilarious. EVERYTHING was funny. We just couldn’t stop laughing, like we were drunk on the mileage and the monotony of the interstate scenery.
8: Number 9 is true of my kids, too, but now it’s not so funny for me as the driver.
7: There is still an hour left when you hit the North Carolina line. No matter how many times I think the exit …is…coming….up…somewhere…..soon….
6: The HOV-3 lanes (High Occupancy Vehicle) are great to get you past the Washington, DC traffic. And the schadenfreude is strong in me when I see people get pulled over with only one person in their car.
5: Safe following distance is just an open invitation for every NJ driver to cut their way in.
4: There are not enough fries in McDonald’s Happy Meals anymore unless you get the Mighty Kids Meals. And those are more expensive, doubly so at rest stops.
3: Peace in the car is all about timing and spacing, both in entertainment and car seat positioning. I like to withhold electronics in the wee morning hours in the hopes that they will sleep a bit, and I always keep the 3 year and 6 year as far away from everyone else as possible.
2: The 3 year old will drop a shoe or electronic item twice an hour. There will come a time when all of these items happen to fall out of my reach. This is when it is time to take a rest stop.
1: Car trips were easier before potty training.
And kids. They were really easy before kids.