The kids and I loaded up the van and hit the road for Chicagoland. You want a good way to really get to know the people around you? Drive for eighteen hours with them! You’ll learn more than you ever thought possible. You’ll probably learn more than you ever really wanted to know. I wonder if, one day, my kids will look back on these road trips fondly, or if they’ll refuse to go anywhere with their own kids when they’re adults because they’re so badly scarred from these trips. Will they remember our discussions on how to survive a zombie apocalypse, or will they recall how their brother turned our car into a gas chamber? Will they reminisce about the fun sights along the route, or will they only remember the onion rings that somehow got lost in the back of the van for weeks until the stench could have killed an elephant? Will they remember singing along to the radio or stopping at a hotel for the night? Or will they be haunted by the memory of having to “hold it” until the next rest stop because their mom was on a mission to make it to Nashville before sundown?
I’m doing what I can to ensure they remember the good parts. The kids and I videotaped frequently during our trip. By replaying the video, we can remember, share laughs, and relive those good times. This particular video, filmed with my cute little Sony Handycam, is from when Austin and Savannah were discussing how to survive a zombie apocalypse. It’s um, enlightening. Who knew fishing poles and treadmills were the best way to stave off a zombie attack?
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