How We Survived the Trip to Kentucky
March 14th, 2012
Part of the process of finding a new church involves a nice social visit where you bring your family to meet the congregation. You smile, shake hands, and pray so hard your eyes start to twitch that your children will not run screaming through the sanctuary brandishing markers.
Set your minds at ease. There was no screaming. And no markers. (Do I look dumb enough to give them markers?) But I was still a bit nervous that weekend.
Adding to the stress of the trip was the seven hour car ride from SteelTown to SmallTown. Miss Mouse and Buggie are decent travelers but they’re not rock stars. Buggie, in particular, is at that tough age where he’s too young to really “do” anything in the car (like coloring or lacing games that kept his sister busy) but he’s old enough to get bored. It’s a dangerous combination.
But Josh and I hit upon a genius idea. I happen to have a handheld digital audio recorder so we spent some time in the days leading up to the trip recording some of the kids’ favorite books. We burned a collection of about 20 stories to CD and played it while we drove.
The inspiration for this came from a previous drive where Miss Mouse asked us to read to her. I get sick in the car if I try to read aloud so we ended up attempting to recite her favorite stories by memory. We did reasonably well (the words do tend to stick after the zillionth read) but it was much easier to just pop in the CD.
The stories were a hit and helped make the drive go smoothly. And I was pleasantly surprised by how not-creepy my own voice sounded. And so, for your listening pleasure, I give you my dramatic reading of Llama Llama Misses Mamma.