I should be ashamed but I’m not! 🙂
Ten hours in the car is torture for me so I can only imagine how hard it is for Addie. She’s a good little traveler though. Having a baby/toddler/child never slowed Chad and Nicole down. They make about a 13 hour trip to Louisiana . not so much now that Chad has less vacation and Nicole has gone back to work but up until last year, they’d make the trip to Louisiana three or four times a year. When they lived almost two hours from Nicole’s parents, they made that trip at least once a week. Addie is pretty good about entertaining herself. Vince has cracked up with her talking to her dolls, talking to herself and singing in the bath tub. I love just listening to her when she doesn’t realize we can hear everything she’s saying.
But . . the trip from MO to TX . . she asked me probably 50 times “How much longer?” and she’d stretch that word “lonnnnggggeeeerrrr” out til I wanted to scream. It made the trip seem longer for me too. When I’m by myself, I don’t pay attention to the time. I arrive when I arrive but when I’m saying “It’s 8 hours and 45 minutes”, then I’m saying “It’s 8 hours and 25 minutes” . . that makes for a long trip because even I was thinking we would never get out of the car.
For the trip back to MO, I have $20 – 15 ones and 1 five (because that’s all the ones I could come up with around here). I’m going to tell her that every hour, I will tell her how much longer we have but every time she asks me how much longer, she has to give me back $1. When we get to her house, whatever money she has left, she gets to keep.
Yes, it’s a bribe but it’s also a small price to pay not to have to count down every minute of a 10 hour trip.
You can bet there will be a couple of times when she’ll say “Granny, How much . . “. She’ll catch herself and finish it with some random question.
I have books, drawing materials, a package or two of stickers, and DVDs that she’s never watched.
Anyone want to guess how much she’ll still have when we get to Missouri? I’m thinking $18. She’s a fast learner and she’ll have million thoughts running through her head about what she wants to buy with that money.
The best news is that I can’t imagine her ever coming back to Texas so her trips to see me will be 45 minutes instead of 10 hours.