Friday, October 1, 2010


Definition: the miniature vacation that occurs when you get to drive in your car without your children.

When there are kids in the car, the radio stays low, the music is usually child-oriented, there is a lot of buckling and usually some screaming. Even if they are all asleep, they are still there and you have to be aware of them.

A car trip without the kids can be like a little getaway. I put on very loud, very non-child-friendly music. I sing. I dance. I go crazy (while still being a responsible driver). If I am not in the mood for music, I can drive in silence. Complete silence. Like a spa, only without the masseuse and gurgling fountain.

I don't get to be by myself very much, so I take advantage of time on my own whenever I can.

Solo car trips are a treat for me. I don't think my husband understands this, but I know that all of you other child-haulers get what I am saying.

Never underestimate the recuperative potential of a car trip on your own.


  1. Laura,
    I stumbled upon your blog this morning and I am laughing and giggling all the while re-living my own life! I have 5 children ages 7-14 and was home with them for many, many years - homeschooling most of that time. I work now...with Senior Adults, which I really enjoy. Thank you for sharing things to lighten the load for other Moms. Keep letting you life-song sing! You gave me a good smile for my workday.

  2. I am so glad that you enjoyed it! You have given me a great smile right back!

  3. This is too, too funny. I am a mom of 2 boys and totally get it. I thoroughly enjoy whenever I get to drive alone. It's a complete luxury! Like a trip to the spa, as you said!

    Julie Johnson

  4. My daughter misspelled Caucasian in her list of spelling words so we googled her word for a definition and found your word. very cute