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Adventures

Driven to extremes

The biggest problem with driving, in my observation, is that other people also drive. If the roads consisted only a single driver — me — few of the headaches of operating a vehicle would ever enter my world. Alas, I suppose the rest of the world isn’t going to forego driving anytime soon, so I will have to accept the fact that I will have to coexist.

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Childhood Family

I am not a shoplifter.

Quote number 4,236 that I never thought I would utter to my children: “Try not to look like a shoplifter.”

Yes, there are plenty of things you end up saying to your kids that you never, ever imagined you would have to say in life. For me, those include, “Get the possum off your sister,” “Laffy Taffy is not dinner,” and “Why did you put mud in your ears?”

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Childhood Family

Rules of the road

My daughter has had a learner’s permit for about four months now, which means I have said, “WHOA! WHOA! WHOA!” more times in the last four months than I have in my previous 43 years combined.

In fairness to her, that was mainly in the first month, when I getting used to riding shotgun with her. She is progressing nicely, and I am sure that her mother will be ready to ride with her easily within the next few decades.

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Adventures Childhood Family

Riding in cars with boys and girls

My family traveled out of town for a visit to see my folks recently. It’s about two and a half hours away, and we normally can pile in fine in one car.

We are a family of four, so that seems reasonable, right?