We all hear people reminisce about family trips they have taken over the years and what a great time it was for their family to bond. It is funny to hear someone talk about it and then to sit and recall some of your own family road trips – or adventures, we call them. There are a lot of fun times that come out of a road trip, but for some reason we seem to always forget (or block out) the rest of the road trip.
As a mother of four teenage daughters I can tell you first hand that a seven hour road trip is an adventure. Oh, it was fun and we laughed a lot but what about having to stop every hour (or more) because they can’t all seem to need to make a bathroom stop at the same time. Or, everyone seems to have lost or broke their charger for the electronic devices they are glued to, so you have six people sharing one or two chargers…you can hear the laughter right…
I was really surprised our air conditioner did not burn up from the multiple times I heard it was too cold or too hot and had to adjust it. Finally after a few hours of that, the cold natured girls were given blankets to cover up with…that took care of that. What about the four things of snacks you open up and pass back and forth (sharing, that is nice) and then someone ends up spilling the box or bag of goodies all over the car…laughing again? After eating the snacks they are all thirsty…and yes, time for another pit stop. You would be amazed at the great souvenirs you find in truck stops.
Don’t get me wrong, after you return these things are really funny when you look back but at the time you feel like you want to pull your hair out or take a vacation by yourself. You love your children but honestly there are times they make you want to trade them in or tie them to the top of the car for a little peace and quiet. This does not mean you don’t love your kids it just means that you are human and that things do seem to overwhelm us sometimes, but in the end what great memories we do make and what funny stories about family road trips we will have to share with our grandchildren.
Count your blessings daily and give thanks for the time you have to share with your family…on and off the road!