Sunday, August 14, 2011

Epic Journey 2011

I like this picture because it is just as blurry as how I remember that first evening. We left around 5pm or so. Was it 5pm? It was raining. It wasn’t just a little, soft rain. It was the kind of rain that soaks you before you get in the car in your own driveway.

The kids and I were unusually ready for this trip. They have become helpful in a real way. They have always “helped” as little kids like to “help.” That kind of “help” makes mothers lose their mind. They are beginning to actually get the point. I realized this the morning we were leaving.

“Wear what you want to wear in the car,” I told them in my usual way. Gladys likes to dress appropriately. She asked me what she should wear today. She replied just as matter-of-factly as I spoke.

“Will I be wearing this for the next two or three days?”

“Maybe,” I answered back.

“Okay, Mommy.”

They remember. They remember different details than we do. Will they remember that for 23 days their parents put away the cell phones? What will they remember?


Keith S. said...

Wow -- having just gotten home from a 10-day camping trip to Southern Utah with our two kids and a minivan, I can't wait to see how this story turns out! (PS: Hi!)

Barry said...

Missed you at the barbeque, but I knew you were off having fun. We had rain too, but lots of great food.

I'll be off, driving to New Mexico for a road trip of my own for about 2.5 weeks in September.

MIT Mommy said...

Hi Keith - Awesome to hear from you. I'm loving the vision of you and your family in a minivan.

Barry - Yes, sorry to miss it. They always put on such a nice event at their house - certainly my loss. If you make it near Falstaff, AZ stop in at Black Barts. It doesn't look like much from the outside, but the dinner and entertainment make for a great time.