I love the blogosphere. Have I mentioned that?
Elsewhere in the blogosphere, Swistle is asking for help for Heather, who wants to know what sort of things she can use to amuse her 2 little kids on a cross-country car trip. Really? In an era of handheld games, DVD players for the car, books on CD, etc., someone has to ask this question? And, more importantly, do you folks who are just now starting families realize how good you have it?
Please understand - way back in 1993, Larry and I set out from Maryland in a Honda Civic hatchback with a newly minted 2-year-old and a 4-month-old baby. Our destination? Our new duty station in Monterey, California -- that's right, the OTHER SIDE of the country. Folks, this was still the dark ages of auto travel. NO handheld games, no IPads, no DVD players existed. There was no Internet -- at least, not enough of one to allow us to map out a route that would hit as many McDonald Playlands as possible. We had nothing but our own grit and determination to travel those 2000 miles. It was like Lewis and Clark, only harder.
Did I mention we traveled in a 1989 Honda Civic hatchback? We didn't even have a cupholder in that car, for heaven's sake. And we were such parenting wimps, it took us 10 days to crawl cross-country. Unlike friends of ours, also military, whom we were lucky enough to meet in Monterey....they managed to drive from Long Island with 4 kids aged 2 - 8 years old, and in far less time.
How did they do it? They threw all those kids in their station wagon and said, "If you're good and let us drive all day, we can go to Disneyland when we get to California." And off they went.
|Don't worry, my friends buckled their kids in.|
Oh, and Heather? The main thing you need on a drive like that, even now, more than anything else? Earplugs. Don't leave home without them.
[Edited to add: We are getting some awesome car trip stories in the comments. Please join in!]
[Station wagon image: DaddyTypes]