I’m really thankful for kids who enjoy traveling. Yesterday we traveled a thousand miles to Minnesota, van full of kids, jamming to music and listening to podcasts.
There may be a parenting tip right under my nose here. I’ve known kids who passionately hate traveling, and they unwittingly hold their family hostage from the opportunities for adventure because of it.
I’ve witnessed some embarrassing moments. In one case I’m thinking of, the child would flip out — literally, like out of her car seat — throwing her body into whiny, demonic convulsions. The parents would do something of a Mr. Miyagi karate move to the abdomen in order to lock their daughter into her seat. This couple hardly went anywhere.
I flew Wendy with our daughter, Cynthia, ahead of us to Minnesota. I stuck around to get pets and house sitting settled and pack up the kids. We had just one seat to spare in our 15-passenger van. Lydia, Isaiah and I are drivers, then seated like sardines: Micah, Noah, Tabitha, Keilah, Hannah, Josiah, Havilah, Joshua, Priscilla, Zechariah, and Elijah. You can’t see them all in the picture above, but they’re there.
We. Are. Travel. Ninjas. What an adventure!
I suspect there is something to this, a parenting secret that makes raising a family a whole lot of fun. We treat our travels like adventures. Expeditions, that’s a better word. We packed our van perfectly to fit, we packed our cooler together, we cleaned the house together, we scrounged up the winterest coats we could find for Minnesota…all important stuff. We were in this together.
I cannot imagine doing this with a screaming toddler in his car seat. I don’t think one kid asked if we were there yet. Sorry if I sound like a snobby my-kids-are-perfect-why-aren’t-yours dad. I guess I can’t help it. I’m extremely proud of them.
We traveled to Minnesota for Wendy’s sister’s funeral. She died unexpectedly on Monday morning from a blood clot in her lung. She was an incredible person, like a mother to Wendy and the other four siblings in her family. It is tragic news that is hitting our family hard.
But here’s one thing that didn’t hit us hard: how it the world would we travel cross-country with a van full of kids? Like much in life, It was an expedition that needed action. So we just did it.
Question: What expeditions are you taking in life right now?