I know some of you are probably wondering what spending so much time alone with my teenage daughter was like – especially for 70+ hours in the car.
Well, I can tell you that is was fabulous! Char is easy going, and neither one of us are drama people, and all this time in the car, and together in general, allowed for some great topics of conversation. Over the past 10 days we have discussed in detail; eating disorders, boyfriend relationships, friendships, future plans after high school, slavery, the American Revolution (thank you, Hamilton – I love talking history), democracy, liberty, responsibilities of citizens, credit cards, financial responsibility, and how to love people even when they are frustrating.
I won’t say that she wasn’t hard to get up a few days (especially when she had to be on line for school at 5am Pacific time), and never mentioned being tired, but all in all, she was a great sport for the activities and experiences we had planned and game for it all with joy!
Now, I do not want you to think everything is always perfect – I admit to being very blessed in my life with my kids and hubby, and the ONLY point of contention we had was the night of the rodeo. I told her it was 7pm-9pm – so when it was 9pm she had it in her mind that we would be done (and Char is a very literal person) – BUT it was the first rodeo of the season and the schedule was running behind. Well, they hadn’t gotten to the part I was looking forward to most; the barrel racing. So, Char started to fuss about it a bit and even saying she would wait in the car for me (yeah, right!) so I got ticked and we left.
After some reflection and stewing about it, I decided that if there is a situation like this again, I will not cave in. I was not asking her to be unreasonable or unsafe and it was important to me that we stay. And I do think she would have enjoyed it. If this is the only thing I have to gripe about, I will take it gladly.
We all learn lessons through life – and this was one for me and for Char. I hope we find another rodeo!
I am really looking forward to our drive home – and NOT because I am looking to leave my in-laws!!! We just had so much fun on our drive out and I know we will have some even cooler experiences as we make our way home. I hope you’ll join us on our journey eastward. Until then, we wish you a New Year that is full of joy, happiness, and health!!!