“Restricted or Constricted!”…

It was asked how I prefer traveling …usually by car …Why? …Because you can stop and look when you want…rest when you want …eat when you want …check out something interesting along the way when you want …take your time …In other words “What I want”…is in that answer…I’m not restricted or constricted!… to someone elses schedule…someone elses agenda …someone elses eating habits…someone elses time…We are leaving for vacation Saturday…by car! … My husband has completely overhauled it… it seems…Not really…although, the brakes, oil, filters, tires have all been checked and worked on…”Thank Goodness” for my mechanically inclined husband…and has been detailed in and out …I leave this to him…I’m the “make everything else come together”  part of our team…I make sure we have our clothes, grooming supplies  , health needs , shoes, swimming apparel , food, drinks, etc. …reservations   were made 6 months ago …maps and directions are printed …oh, yeah…money retrieved from the bank …The more I write…makes me feel like I’m more ready than I actually am…I think we all can get more done …as we get down to the wire …last-minute things that pop up …something you think you just have to take…I’ll begin my list  today…checking everything off… from toothpaste to the bag of surprises I put together for my Grandkids…When we get there…our kids and their friends will have their own spot…and my Bobby and I will have our own spot…As the kids take an all day boat trip out on the bay/ocean …we will use our car to explore the city…I like our mode of transportation …whether 10 miles or 600We can do anything we want!

 

“My Kids!”…

When you are youngtransportation can be very important…of course being Middle School age …our kids depended on their parents, older brothers/sisters, grandmas/grandpas…maybe even aunts/uncles…We had a young man in our class with a great knack of getting to about anywhere he wanted to go…He had grandiose ideas…He envisioned himself in places he had never been before…doing anything he wanted…He was a wiz at the computer…and as you know …the world is at your fingertips…just put in an idea, a name, a place and there it is…pictures/photos, descriptions beyond belief and even reviews from fellow explorers …”Ben” was what you might call “too smart for his own good” …If there was a way…with his will and determination…he figured it out … This could be from obtaining his parents’ credit card and using the number on it to purchase many an item on  and other stores…until they realized what he was doing…If he decided to go across town to a certain store , movie or other place he had heard about… TARC ( Transportation Authority of River City) Public bus …could take him there in a couple of hours …The only thing…no one knew where he was…how he got there…until someone noticed or brought him home…He had ordered a bus pass…”He was considered handicapped you know”…The most memorable event was when he was heading for Las Vegas …He figured if he got there… he would be set when he arrived…The commercials and advertisements said so, “You can eat all you want!” …”Play all you want!” , “Have a Free Room at any Casino” … “Stay up all day and night”… He was going to have fun! …Just a little initiative and he would be arriving in the “City of Lights”   quick as a wink…no more than a day or two… Just had to find the right transportation! …And since he was only13 years old…and had no driver’s licensea bus, a plane, a train  might be the answer…I believe he made it as far as the bus station…downtown…in the middle of the night…knowing no one…and only his wonderful ideas  of visiting a city he had read about on the computer …Thank goodness…he was discovered…He had chosen his transportation thinking he could travel and  do anything he wanted…but, soon learned that’s only a small part of the picture …restrictions and constrictions  play a part when you are only a middle school student… 

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