Road Trip Rule #1
We have a road trip car rule that applies to the driver. The rule goes as follows. The driver gets the first of the two front drink holder positions. This became a rule over time on twelve-hour road trips to Michigan and back over the course of five years. My son was a witness to this back and forth drink position change as my friend and I took turns driving.
It is a simple rule and as a person who drives at least three hours a day, typically alone. I seem to always make it a thing when I take the passenger seat moving the drivers drink ceremoniously to that coveted position. It just happens naturally.
Milestones happen organically as well, God willing. June is a milestone mecca as many families this time of year deal with school year ending chaos. It ranges from teenagers getting permits, summer jobs, moving on to their last years of high school and those graduating to name a few.
I was on track with sixteen celebration planning. The working papers were in place for summer employment and permit planning was in the works. The party went well. The job interview went fine. My son passed his permit test. All good, right?
It was the moment I rolled in to pick him up from football practice. I parked and moved my self into the passenger side. He shortly thereafter proceeded to get in my car, in the driver’s seat and then moved his drink to the first position. He smiled at me and said, “I’m, the driver, right?” I sat back in my passenger seat with my unsweetened ice tea now in the second position and let out a chuckle as my heart melted with pride.
You think that kids do not take in the little things. You hope they do. In the end, they condense the past in a short version from their perspective. They write their story of their childhood to tell the people they meet along the way in their lives. They will relay the story of why they do certain things based on traditions from their childhood with friends and the family they create.
It cracks me up to think this small gesture meant that much to him on such a momentous occasion. It was our first road trip home from practice along the lake with him as the driver and me as the passenger. When he moved my iced tea and replaced it with his soda it was a milestone, one of many that week, yet this one was my favorite.
Congratulations to all the graduates, sixteeners, new permit holders and first summer job workers. Summer is here. Remember to buckle up, put the phone down, take as many road trips as you can as these milestones come once in a lifetime.
I am grateful to be here and be a part of it while observing it from the passenger side from time to time. A welcomed change.
Special shout out to Faith Salie for taking the time to make a kids day and mine too. As most Approval Junkie’s know, it meant the world to me to get the “WONDERFUL MOTHER,” title bestowed to me by a woman I admire. This book is a must summer read!