So, before you send me angry hate mail, I do NOT disapprove of having DVD players in your Swagger Wagons. I know many fine people that have these addictive little devices in their vehicles. I am related to some of them. And their children are quite lovely little people.
But, I have to say that I am just not there yet. We went on a recent road trip to Alabama. I had a friend offer to loan me one. I declined. They thought I was insane. Another friend and I had a conversation that went something like this-
Friend: YOU'RE DRIVING 14 HOURS WITHOUT A DVD PLAYER?
Friend: BY CHOICE?
Friend: HAVE YOU BEEN DRINKING?
Me: Yes. But that's besides the point. (And don't worry, Mom. It was lemonade. You know how loopy that makes me.)
Friend: WHY AM I FRIENDS WITH YOU?
Me: I don't know. AND WHY ARE YOU SHOUTING?
So, I know I am in the minority and I know in 5 years time I will happily be be-bopping down the road to some sort of Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, but I honestly don't see the sense in them now. Granted, my daughter has 3 tantrums an hour on road trips that I am sure a DVD player will cure, but my kids are only 1 and 2. I have a hard enough time keeping the TV off at home. Why would I want to strap them in their seats for hours and force them to watch something I don't like them to watch at home?
On our last road trip we listened to music and everyone sang along, we pointed out clouds, we talked about our trip, we read books, and we were just silent at times.
Again, I'm not opposed. I just know that once that can of worms is opened, it is opened for good. And my kids are so little. But, I am still open to being persuaded otherwise. Thoughts? Am I as crazy as I secretly think I am?
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