There's just no way to share this without someone accusing me of being full of myself.
I remember years of family trips. Via car. For hours. I was not fond of them.
The car rides, that is.
My family is fine.
(Most of the time.)
To the grandparents. Or a campground. The beach. I think we drove up to Canada. Florida, maybe? In our Chevrolet Caprice Classic. Three kids in the back seat. Or one in the cool back back seat that faced the rear window.
Not for me, though. 'Cause I was always the kid who threw up on car trips. Facing backwards was the worst.
I remember Dad would listen to AM radio or his "stories" during night drives. One Christmas, Mom made angel ornaments while riding shotgun. There was no tape player, or CD player, and if sense memory serves me correctly, I was always hot. And nauseous.
I probably spent the trips listening to my walkman. Or sleeping. Or asking when we could stop to go to the bathroom.
We didn't have DVD players to watch movies, either hooked up in the car, or personal ones to hold in our laps.
We watched the backs of our parent's seats, or whatever was out the window.
And that's how we did it back then.
And this is how we've done it for 13 years.
I'm sure my kids would love to watch a movie during our travels, but instead, we do books on CD. They also have their iPods for music and whatever games don't require wifi, but, for the majority of the hours in the car?
We listen to a book. Or books.
When they were younger, it was the Adventures in Odyssey radio show, or The Chronicles of Narnia. One of our most memorable surprises was "Tuck Everlasting". Things have changed. This weekend's selection is "To Kill A Mockingbird", which we've started reading as a family but haven't yet finished.
It's just always been our way. We've been offered DVD players and have always declined. Maybe it's just me being a hard "you-know-what", but it's how we do.
No movies or television in the car.
Am I awful?
How about you? (And trust me. Iif you are a traveling, DVD-playing family, I've got no qualms.)
Are traveling movie theaters the wave of the future that I just never rode???
Joline Pinto Atkins, an actress who also uses the web as her world-wide stage, can also be found writing at The Cuppa Jo, Beaver County Times online as the Health and Wellness blogger, and is the founder of Daily Fast Fuel. She is wife to one (phew - that's good to know) and mother of two amazing children, aged 13 and 9, who are both named after authors. Passionate about fitness, she is an Independent Team Beachbody Coach and sweats out any daily angst by exercising at home, longs for good books, is a redeemed coffee addict, and won't share popcorn with anyone. Even her own family. Follow Joline on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!