Sunday, May 27, 2007

Tales From the Road, Chapter One


After a flurry of activity, and a morning of school for Sam and Jack, we piled into the car at 1:42 pm to leave for Ohio direct from picking the kids up from class. Some highlights:

12:45 p.m. Mere seconds after putting Quinn and Cassidy (the dog) in the car to pick up the bigger kids, Quinn, who rarely sees the dog in the car, comments, “Cassidy funny.” He repeats this ad nauseum for the next hour.

3:14 p.m. Our first rest stop. Jack walks directly up to a strange man sitting by himself at a rest stop and engages him in conversation. That’s my little Jack. He’s been doing this since he could walk. No ideas of stranger danger there.

3:17 p.m. Sam sees a tattooed man in a straw western hat at the same rest stop and asks, “Does that cowboy have a gun?”

3:39 p.m. Sam announces, with great certainty, “Russia is the largest state. I am correct.”

4:00 p.m. I put my pillow up against the window and try to take a nap.

4:01 p.m. Quinn starts repeating, “Wake up, Mama. Wake up. Mama. Wake up, Mama.” I wake up.

4:24 p.m. I see a billboard that says, “Hire me! I will work for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.” I comment that it is a weird thing for somebody to put on a billboard. Alex points out that the billboard company wants people to put their signs up there. “It’s called advertising.” All I can come back with is, “My business is not doing well.”

5:53 p.m. Jack wants Sam’s help with something and I ask him to assist. Sam says, “But he has to learn.” Jack replies, “But I doesn’t want to learn.”

6:32 p.m. While Quinn douses broccoli in sour cream to eat it at our dinner stop, Sam inspects an elderly man with sunglasses, jeans, longish white hair, and a red bandanna. “I think I see a pirate,” he comments.

7:00 p.m. We use our minivan’s built-in DVD player to turn on the copy of Happy Feet that Alex bought at 7-11 right before we left Maryland.

7:30 p.m. Sam SCREAMS and jumps as high as his seat belt will allow when a seal jumps out of the onscreen water in an attempt to eat the penguin hero, Mumble.

8:43 p.m. Sam and Jack beg for pennies from a stranger at a truck stop. After the man in front of us in line drops a penny, Jack says, “I need a coin.” The man kindly gives it to him only to be rewarded with Sam insisting that he needs money too. The man graciously digs a cent out of his pocket to give to my greedy children.

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