Husband and I love to travel, and we've done our fair share of this during the past 33 years. We did not let the ages or dispositions of our Boys keep us off the road because we wanted them to grow up to love travel as well. Our first camping trip, in fact, was during the weeks before Boy#1 had his second birthday and Boy#2 was four months old.
Around the House on the Corner we fondly refer to those 16 days as "The Trip From Hell."
Yes, we do. Because even though we did/do believe that traveling is a wonderful family experience, traveling with small children, as one friend pointed out at the time, is like going fourth class. In Bulgaria.
Last weekend a quick run-out to the Memphis wedding of one of our pseudo-sons reminded me why I love traveling with my family so much more now. We left after work Thursday and met Boy#4 at the halfway point, then arrived in Memphis just in time to meet Boy#2 (who had flown in) at the hotel.
Oh, people. Traveling with grown-up children is so much better than traveling with small dictatorial beings who dominate schedules, conversations, and mood. Why is that?
Well, older children do all the driving while I read books and nap.
Older children are up for interesting food, and are okay with hanging around for an hour waiting for a table to be available at a brunch restaurant where they make lemon ricotta pancakes with blueberry sauce.
Older kids know that Mom is too warm in every single hotel room in the world, and they pack their own blankets instead of whining. Nope, not kidding.
They put up with the elderly members of the party insisting on taking pictures of the "kids" from home who are marrying and being married...
|These are not all my actual biological children, but I'd claim any of them.|
But the best part comes when they get to choose a day-after-the-wedding activity (because they have endured having the old folks scout out the antique malls) and they choose the lamest Putt-Putt golf course ever.
And when, in the hugest upset in memory, the most unlikely member of the putting party wins the game...
|Truman beats Dewey!|
...there is no whining, no pouting, no stomping and silent rage. They are happy! They are happy for me!
I do wish Boys#1 and #3 and Lovely Girl could have joined us, but because they are grown-ups they have other obligations. Probably just as well, though; I might not have been able to stand the wonderfulness.
And we didn't eat a single McNugget.
|El Plato Cubano at Ronaldo's in Fort Smith, Ark. Que rico!|