I have recently made time to spend with family. Sometimes we get so busy in everything we need to do that we don’t remember to enjoy life. At this particular point in my life, I have pulled over to enjoy the moments, people and scenery around me – none of this will last forever. This adventure we took on the road.
3 Generations, 4 states. A family friend turned 50 years old this past weekend prompting my grandmother, mother and I to hop in a car and travel across 4 states to celebrate with her. The car temperature was perfect, the snacks were plentiful and each person had headphones in case they happen to listen to something opposite to the radio – which we all used.
You learn a lot about a person spending 12 hours in a car – never being apart throughout the weekend with the exception of a shower. Some things I gathered:
- My grandmother is getting older. That sounds like an obvious thing but she is busy – always on the go, getting into everyone’s business and very independent. Seeing her be absent-minded was a little jarring.
- My mother prefers headphones and an audiobook to having conversation with those in the room.
- My grandmother remembers the song “The Freaks Come Out At Night”…
- I can completely tune out a host of conversations while sitting at a table of five. I must be great at looking like I’m still present because they thought I was still in the discussion.
- My mom looked into joining a bowling league twice when I was younger.
- My grandmother probably will always see my mom and I as children – especially as she felt it necessary to referee a minor spat in the mall.
- My grandmother speeds.
- My mom will dance in public except at a party and she is a horrible wingman. lol She got up from the table, took all of her belongings and when I realized she wasn’t returning, I grabbed my things to walk out only to see her standing in the lobby. She said she was going to text me later…
- I wouldn’t want to road trip with anyone else. We had a blast and have a generational tradition of mothers and daughters being roadies. My grandmother would drag my mother around all day as my mom did with me and now we do it together.
Here are some pics from our trip across Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Mississippi. I do not have any pics of my grandmother as she prefers to keep her picture off of the internet (social media sites). LOL Sorry for the graininess of some of these.