As I write this, it is 10:00 p.m Thursday night…when it posts, it’ll be 9:00 a.m. Friday morning. By then (which will be now to you), if all goes as planned, we should be out of Massachusetts, through Connecticut, past New York, and hopefully even out of New Jersey. On our way, of course, to Florida.
Sure, flying would be easier…and faster. But, flying a family of four to Orlando over a school vacation week has gotten ridiculously expensive. It would be easy to say that was the only reason we’re driving, but…truth be told…I also kind of enjoy it.
We drove to Florida each and every year when I was a child. While my parents may remember those days differently, I have nothing but fond memories of those trips. Of course, back then, there were no car seats or even seat belts. We built forts out of suitcases in the back of the family station wagon and slept a good part of the way. Of course, back then, there were also no iPads, portable DVD players, or even cell phones. In some ways the trip was probably easier. In lots of ways the trip was much more difficult. No packing of electronics….and chargers for all of those electronics. No GPS….just giant bulky road maps…that no one in the world knows how to fold back up into their original neat package. Pros…cons. Who knows?
Either way, what hasn’t change, is that we’re looking at a whole lot of Forced Family Fun in the car for 24 hours. Typically, my boys are up for an adventure and thrive on the go. Road trips are usually exciting and they are good sports who make the most of it. I am not naive enough to think that will necessarily be the case this time, but one can hope.
Wish us luck. We’ll keep you posted (because nowadays…unlike back then…blogging is a thing and I can). With love, from somewhere on 95 South, en route to the Sunshine State.
#makingmemories (there were also no hashtags back then)
(or emojis) How did we ever get by?