It began one early morn,
Our bags packed the night before
“Get up, kids!” “We’re ready to go!”
“Mom-m, what time is it?” “Almost 4 a.m.”
So tired we were, but we put on our clothes
Hopped in the car, brother and I each took an armrest. Off to sleep we went cruising down the road.
In our 1958 Chevrolet.
We were going to the Ozarks for vacation. Around 9 a.m., my brother and I began to stir. We both felt the inner rumblings of our tummies
Asking to be fed.
Dad stopped at a restaurant and we all ate heartily.
“Go to the bathroom now.”
Soon we were on our way again.
Like all kids do, they get bored on long trips and begin to pick at each other. “She’s on my side.” “He touched me.” “How much farther?”
“Hush up, you two!” “Do you want me to pull over and give you a spanking?”
That always got our attention.
We started out August 23 - it must have been a 102!
No factory air conditioning in the car; but Dad solved that, he bought a water cooled conditioner that sat under the console.
It worked for the first 250 miles and then it sprung a leak and got Mom and Dad all wet and upset.
Denny and I giggled and snickered. We were dry in the back seat, while Mom and Dad had “showers of blessing.”
“Roll down your windows.” As we did, the hot wind boiled in, making us hot and bothered, whiny and cranky.
We finally made it to our destination around four in the afternoon. We all were so hot and sweaty. Den and I jumped in the pool and cooled off, while Mom and Dad sprawled on the bed in front of the air conditioner. We had a hard time getting them motivated!
We really had a good time in the Ozarks, but soon it was time to go back home. We all had forgotten about that long hot car trip, but as we piled into the car the reality of it hit us once again.
“Roll down the windows.” “It’s so hot here.” “The wind is boiling hot today!”
“He’s on my side.” “She touched me.” “When will we get home?” “Hush up, you kids or I’ll give you something to think about.”
We made it home safely though hot and tired. We all learned some things on our car trip and some resolutions were made.
Dad said he learned his lesson - the next car he bought would have air conditioning. Mom was
glad to be home because she had never sweated so much in her life.
Den and I, though kids, enjoyed our vacation even though it was long and hot, but this particular
car trip afforded us rich memories that we will forever cherish.
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