Posted by Tamara O.
There's nothing like spring break and 1,300 miles in the
mini-van to bring a family closer together. Here are three
unexpected things from my trip that you might discover as you hit
the road for your own spring break togetherness. Feel free to add
- Parental affirmation. No matter how bad a
parent you think you are for screaming at the kids, a visit to a
theme park will show you there are plenty of parents who are worse
than you. Seriously. And why a mother would think it's going to be
a stress-free day when she drags a baby and two toddlers - plus her
aging mother - to Busch Gardens is beyond me. Her meltdown near the
white tigers hit volcanic proportions.
- Discussion starters. Haven't had the talk
about 'the Birds and the Bees' yet? The great state of Georgia is
all too happy to help you out. My 7-year-old kept asking what you'd
find in the Adult Superstore advertised on every billboard in
between the $tripper$ Need We Say More and Pecans billboards. Try
dodging that question whizzing 70 (or so) mph on Interstate 75. And
a special thanks to the BP gas station where we stopped for a potty
break: Both girls were intensely curious about the vending machine
in the women's bathroom selling studded condoms and pleasure gels
for 75 cents each.
- Motivation. Not new but surely forgotten over
the long winter: Winter clothes are best at hiding the flaws of an
aging mommy body that never gets exercise and exists on junk food.
There's nothing like putting on the swimsuit for the first time of
the season to bring reality home and New Year's Eve diet plans out
of the closet. Well, as soon as vacation is over anyway.
- Patience. A few deep breaths do wonders when
your dear husband grips the passenger side door as you pass between
the wavering semi-truck and the overly tired road warrior from
Michigan in his oversized RVs. It's better than screaming at him
about criticizing your driving (again.)