Whenever Jim and I have a few unplanned moments, our first inclination is to get into the car and drive. We don’t have to have a destination in mind. We don’t have to be going to a restaurant or museum or even somewhere to take photos. We just go. In fact, this is exactly how our relationship started, all those years ago.
We were both living in dorms. Sound familiar? And when you are living in a dorm situation, you feel kind of trapped, and everyone knows your every move. The only way to get out and be on our own was to get in the car and drive. This we did, every weekend for hours and hours and hours.
Move on a few years, and we’re married and have two little girls. Our girls will tell you that they grew up in the car. It’s true. Even when they were little, to get away…from the phone, the laundry, the TV, life….we drove. It gave us the opportunity to have quiet, intimate conversations. We would talk, drive, photograph, all day long. By happenstance, it taught our children how important communication was, how important listening was. I’m not sure that even during their lifetimes of Internet, email, and an over abundance of stimulation, that this would have been as natural to them if we had stayed home.
So we drive. And talk. And then! We end up at some fantastic new places, some planned and many unplanned. It’s so addictive. Today, all I have to do is get into the car and immediately my stress level is reduced. It’s the “getting away from it all” feeling that is often married to the novelty of finding someplace new that gets me every time!
Do you love to drive?
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