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Three Boys & an Old Lady

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As the end of the school year approaches, parents across this great nation of ours begin making plans for summer vacation. Some travel by plane, some by train but most by car. Those of us fortunate to travel with a child under age 10 in the confines of a car longer than 1 hour away from home has undoubtedly been asked “Are we there yet?” No matter how well we stock the cooler with juice boxes and snacks, that child we love so much will ask us the same question “Are we there yet” at least every other mile marker. Those of us who have children that can read, UGH, are doubly cursed. Either the child reads every sign along the highway or they succumb to the “Are we there yet” questioning immediately after seeing the sign that indicates our destination is yet 100 miles away.

This year, my husband and I were prepared for the 3-hour summer family vacation road trip. We packed the cooler with all their favorite snacks, checked out several books and DVDs four the boys to enjoy along the ride. Can someone explain why exclamations of “I’m bored” echoed throughout the car less than 20 minutes into the drive? We reminded the boys of the plethora of rider recreation available to them. For example, you’ve got paper, pens of all colors, markers, colored pencils, erasers and mechanical pencils with extra lead so nothing needs to be sharpened, but just in case you want an old fashioned pencil, AHA, each of you has been provided with two.
“But Mommy, I don’t want to draw.”
Okay, well no worries, we have cartoon paperbacks, novels, books for every reading level between Pre-K and 6th grade. AHA.
“But Mommy, I don’t want to read.”
Alright-dighty, we’ve got videos. Videos of cars, trucks, buses, planes, trains, every character on Nick, PBS, PBS Sprout, Cartoon Network, Disney and National Geographic.
“But Mommy, I don’t wanna watch these.”
No prob, Bob. We’ve got all your favorites artists compiled ready for your listening pleasure on your MP3. There’s Kidz Bop, Disney All-Stars, Schoolhouse Rock, Ralph’s World and all your favorites.
“No, Mommy, I don’t wanna listen to music.”
Hmmmm…are you hungry?
“No ma’am.”
Are you thirsty?
Finally, a sudden quietness as my kid looks at me and innocently asks,
Yes son.
“Are we there yet?”

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