I love my husband.
He is a good man and an amazing father and if I had to do it all over again I’d choose him in an instant. One of the things I love most? Traveling with him fits me like a glove.
We’ve been together for over 20 years and over that time we’ve found a rhythm that works well for us on the road.
For example: Years of travel – including our most recent one away – have taught us that when it comes to road trips, our marriage is best suited when we have a driver and a navigator.
And so while I love to drive and the power and control it brings, there is no debate that I am by far the better navigator and so road trips with Ish mean I rarely get a turn behind the wheel.
The only problem with being relegated to passenger is that it can be boring. Seriously. Once you’ve given the directions what are you supposed to do? Sleeping is forbidden in the front seat (not fair to the driver who has to stay up) and PDA usage is frowned upon (“anti-social”). And while I’m all for conversation, the longer the trip the more likely someone is going to be looking for the radio dial.
On our most recent family outing in the Dodge Caravan I realized that being a passenger in this van also has some good points.
My favourite finds:
1. Equal opportunity heat control: He’s hot, I’m cold, no problem. We’ve got separate systems and our own controls and the kids do too!
2. Equal opportunity power control: My seats adjust with just as much flex, gusto and lumbar support as his.
3. The luxury of time: I finally had time to set things up properly. I could preset my favourite stations on the Satellite radio, connect my phone via bluetooth to the dash and get a better feel for exactly how comfortable the kids were in the back rows with their extra storage space and “we-are-so-comfortable-we-could-be-in-the-family-room” feel.
I could tell Ish was comfortable too.
How could he not be with his heated steering wheel, approaching car indicator lights in the side mirror, reverse park assist camera, auto windshield washers …talking GPS Navigation system….
Wait a minute. Navigation System?!?
Pull over buddy. The rules have changed.
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