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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Vacationing with the Fam--Or--My sister was always carsick

Here we are. Another photo op on the side of a mountain overlooking a sparkling river. We got to stop a lot on vacations--at scenic overlooks. Or at blind corners. Or at the edge of cliffs. Or somewhere in the flat lands of the Oklahoma Panhandle. 

Paula always got to sit by the door.  That way, when she chose to stop, she was the first one out of the car.  I believe she became an efficiency expert at throwing up on the side of the road.  We had a gold trash can that sat on the hump in the back seat.  Do you remember those?  There was a little sandbag hanging off either side of the bottom of the trash can to keep it on the hump.  It became Paula's best friend when we traveled. 

I well remember the admonitions from the front seat as her complaining began.  "Are you looking at the side of the road?  Don't look at the side of the road.  Look far off--look at the horizon.  Stop looking at the side of the road.  Are we going to have to stop again???"

Look at the little girl leaning over in the above photo.  Do you think she knew what a "horizon: was?  Do you think she cared when she was car sick? 

Look at the dad.  He has his hands on his hips.  He can't believe they are stopped again.  He likes to drive and get places fast.  He was very friendly with traffic policemen.  He also can't believe that his wife is taking a family vacation photo with one of the vacationers being sick on the side of the road.

Look at the oldest sister (me!).  She is laughing.  She thinks it is hilarious that her mom is taking a picture of her sister throwing up.

Look at the brother.  He has no clue why they are stopped again.  He is wondering if he should perhaps go water a bush.  He thinks that is why they stopped.  He thinks that is what people do on the side of the road.  Some throw up.  Some water bushes.  Some are cranky.  He's also wondering when it is time to eat.

I'm not sure about that car sick business.  I think it was an excuse to always get to sit by the window.....






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4 comments:

Keetha Denise Broyles said...

Have you ever seen "Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss"? With memories and pictures like this, you really SHOULD see that movie.

Marilyn said...

Actually, we stopped to take a picture, ALL of the other things took place as the camera was being clicked. Remember, this was in another time and cameras were very different. I could write a book about my kids on vacation!!!!

Anonymous said...

If I had a dollar for all the times I got car sick I would be rich. Some people keep track of all the states they have visited...I keep track of all the states I have puked in 8 states. The good news is I have been to over 20 states.
Love ya
P

Andi said...

You are funny. Wasn't it great seeing everyone? Glad nobody had to puke!

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