Travelling TaylorsWe’re a family on the road it seems, and, lucky for us, our kids don’t seem to mind. We must be doing something right on our relatively routine travels around the state because our children are always excited to go.
By: Ryan Taylor, Agweek
TOWNER, N.D. — We’re a family on the road it seems, and, lucky for us, our kids don’t seem to mind. We must be doing something right on our relatively routine travels around the state because our children are always excited to go.
It worries us a little that they’re also pretty disappointed when it’s time to head back home. We try to provide a nice home life for these youngsters — a warm house, good meals, a dog, a cat, a horse, a few toys and most of today’s modern conveniences.
I guess they think life is more exciting at other people’s homes than it is in our house. We don’t spend a lot of money on hotels when we travel. We’re pretty much basement dwellers relying on the hospitality of friends and family as we travel.
We usually find friends to stay with who have children about the same age as ours, so our three get to play with some new kids as we roll into their homes with our duffle bags packed. Equally exciting for our children is that they get to play with someone else’s toys and games. For some reason, they’re always better than the toys at home.
Some of the toys they don’t have at home. We’re a couple of those hard-nosed parents who don’t have any of the addictive video games in our home for them to zombie out on. So when they get to someone’s place that does have a Wii or a Nintendo or a DS, it’s like they hit the jackpot. They do get to play video games at other houses. No wonder they don’t want to go back home.
Some of our family friends will have daughters, and whether the girl is 2 or 12, our 4-year-old daughter attaches herself right to her. It ain’t easy being the baby sister of two older brothers. She really prefers her girl time and has adopted “sisters” in other families to fill the gender void in her young life.
It’s a rare occasion, but every once in a blue moon, our family will step away from the benevolent basement bedrooms of friends and stay in an actual hotel or motel or whatever the proper name is for paid lodging.
I remember a handful of times when my parents would take us kids on a trip with a motel room. Growing up in a house that had only a bathtub, I was most impressed with the presence of a shower in the rooms. Color television and the cable selection of channels was nice too, but the whole idea of bathing while standing up was pretty novel for a bathtub-raised kid.
Our kids do have access to a shower at home, but we still don’t have cable television. Having channels to watch that are nothing but cartoons really blows their mind.
Of course, these days, it’s the pools that attract the families. Our family is just fine with the average cement pond, a little shallower on one end than the other. Maybe a hot tub to give them the therapeutic muscular benefits of going from cold to hot to cold to hot again and again.
But if we can score a coupon or a deal on a hotel with a water park, maybe a pirate ship or some floating lily pads and water cannons, you can guarantee they won’t be wasting any time watching cartoons in the room.
And there’ll be some sad faces when it’s time to pack up and head for home. There’s no place like home, but maybe that sentimental notion doesn’t set in until they’re older.