Travels of Crazy People and Their Small Child

Travels of Crazy People and Their Small Child

We drove from New York to Ohio on Tuesday night. It took us two hours to get through Manhattan (who the heck decided it was a good idea to close Canal Street?!) and then when we were almost through Pennsylvania we hit a rain storm which promptly turned the roads to ice. Our 9 1/2 hour drive became almost 14 hours, many of which were spent going less than 40 mph on the freeway. We passed several cars and semis that had gone off the road, including two Toys’R’Us trailers and two UPS trailers, which probably means Christmas was canceled after all, at least in the tri-county area. But we made the journey safely and with our adrenalin levels only spiked a couple of times with near misses (or perhaps it would be more accurate to say “near hits”). Simon slept most of the time and we enjoyed passing the time talking and listening to Christmas music on the radio. It was fun, but please don’t make me listen to “Grandma Got Ran Over by a Reindeer” again in the next 365 days.
We’re here now and although we haven’t slept much since we got in, we are enjoying all of the other kids (and adults), the food, the tree, etc. We went caroling this evening and the kids put on a Nativity production. Simon played the part of a sheep, a role which suited him well. He even gave his shepherd a hug before wandering away and losing himself in a basket of toys. Ah, the little lost lambs.

Other than that, there are two babies here already with another driving in tomorrow and there are several light switches at child-level. Simon gets no end of pleasure turning these lights on and off and on and off and on and off. And on and off. There are more bananas than he can handle and his brain gets stuck on banana mode whenever he sees them. I’m told he had three bananas for breakfast, although I was asleep at the time and cannot verify that statement. I’m sure Grandma’s house is the closest thing to his own personal heaven he is likely to achieve at this point in his life.

4 thoughts on “Travels of Crazy People and Their Small Child

  1. That’s fun that you guys were able to be with family in Ohio. I’m glad you got there safe, it is definitely a pain driving in bad weather. On Christmas, our 30 min. drive turned into and 1 1/2 hour drive because of the snow. Hope you had a fabulous Christmas.

  2. We had such a great time with you guys! As always, I wish there were more hours in the day to enjoy all my family all the more, but I’m grateful for the time we did have. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year you guys!

  3. I think I may have found Simon’s facination with the lights almost as entertaining as he did. I had no idea it took you guys that long to get to Ohio! It’s snowing like crazy here right now- I am so glad I finally got new tires on my car- that is not one of my favorite things- (driving in the snow) not in the least! But I’m glad you made it safe and had such a good time. Ü

  4. I’m glad the drive went well despite being so long. In Belgium, we used to sing “Grandma Got Run Over by a Smart Car.” One of our members came up with that. ;0)

    I’m glad Simon enjoyed being at his grandma’s so much, it sounds terrific!

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