A week ago I looked over at my husband as we were making the five hour jaunt home from one of our son’s house and said, “Did you ever think we’d spend so much time in a car?” Because I didn’t. Actually I’m still quite amazed (and sometimes dismayed) by how much time we’re on the road.
Not that the trips aren’t worth it. Most of our time away is spent with family celebrating wonderful events like births of new grandbabies, grandkids’ birthdays, college graduations, helping kids move (closer home, most recently), tailgating, etc. But I have to admit when the itinerary includes travel five weekends out of six I start to get a bit befuzzled.
“We were in Kansas City last weekend.”
“No, that was the weekend before. Last weekend was Des Moines. And three weekends ago was Champaign.” That’s what my dh and my conversations have deteriorated to, as we keep our eye on where we’re going the coming weekend.
There’s just no denying that kids keep you busy, in the most rewarding ways possible. When they were little it was all I could do to bundle them all into bed before I fell, exhausted, in after them. And then when they were in high school activities, we were on the road to sporting events…oh, for a couple decades or so. Often my husband and I would have to split up in order to hit two events on the same night, sometimes in different towns.
There was one town in our high school conference that always seemed soooo far away (60 miles). On the last trip home from there I nearly did a happy dance in the front seat. There would be no reason to ever travel *there* again.
Little did I know that those days were merely preparation for the future 🙂 .
Now instead of sixty minutes it’s five and six hour drives on Friday nights, then again home on Sunday, back to work Monday and do it all over again the next weekend. I’m still falling into bed exhausted :). Already I can look ahead to the summer and count only four weekends out of twelve that we won’t be on the road. I’m already tired!
Do you keep a crazy travel schedule or are you more of a homebody? Any advice for how to pass the time while spending so much of it on the road?