My Dad is in Australia at the moment to do some traveling.
Some months ago he bought a Winnebago that he fondly named Wind Bag and periodically he skips across the ditch and takes off on a road adventure. He’s cool like that.
He stopped a couple of nights at mine on his way to pick up the Wind Bag and told me of his plan to drive from Melbourne through South Australia and up to Alice Springs before heading to Ayers Rock and the Olgas by the end of September. My green eyed monster’s eyes shone like emeralds…. that was one cool mo’fo’ road trip.
I sure would like to do that some time.
… But I have two kids and important routines that must be adhered to or my neurotic sky will fall down. I’m positively tied to all of my responsibilities so I could never to do something so crazy, could I?
The more spiced rum and lime juice we had to drink the more plausible it seemed.
There’s enough sleeping room for everyone. The kids can play outside if the space gets too cramped and there’s a tv for evenings. But the sleeping routine? I don’t know about you but I’m a stickler for it.
Dinner is 5.30
Bath is 6pm.
TV for half an hour at 6.30
Teeth and bed is 7pm
Reading a few books until 7.30 unless I speed read to get the hell out of there because I’ve had enough of them for the day.
I’m flexi within 10 or so minutes of this routine but then I start to get twitchy.
What would happen to this routine if we went on the road, all four of us sharing a living space smaller than my lounge?
Nah, too hard. My control freak couldn’t be bothered.
I asked Mister H if he could take a week off work so I could go on a road trip with my Dad. As amicable as Mister H and I may be I’m well aware that there will not be a lot of weeks in the year during which I can take off sans bambinos, so when Mister H told me to let him know how serious I was and he’d make arrangements I got to thinking if this was my only time off all year is a road trip with my Dad the prime way to spend it?
No offence Dad.
What if I want to go to Bali or Thailand with a friend? Or a lover, heaven forbid (I’ll get laid eventually, right??).
Kids will suck hard on that trip….
What if I want to go on a volunteer trip to a third world country, or trekking up some really ridiculously big hills?
Kids will suck hard on those trips too.
Screw it, I decided. I would go on this cool mo’fo road trip adventure will my Dad, and I will take the kids.
I can relax my regime, the sky will not fall. In fact, it will be good for us all (except maybe Dad whose serenity will be completely screwed, but he’s a good sport.)
I remember a photograph of myself as a child sitting at a table in a restaurant at night on a trip we had to the Canary Islands. I would have been about 3.
I think I was eating a bowl of eating ice-cream and strewn around the table were wine glasses and my Mum was in the picture too but barely. She was at the head of the table which was fading off into black.
During a phone conversation with Mama about the potential trip I mentioned the photo. I mentioned how she used to take us away on jaunty adventures where all of the routines were broken and it was fine, wasn’t it?
And she said, “Darling, after dinner we’d take you into the nightclub and you’d dance with us on the dance floor.”
She back-pedalled saying they didn’t stay out until 2am, and nightclubs there weren’t filled with Class A drugs in those days, but the go-go dancer was out of the cage.
That. Explains. Everything.