I’ve always enjoyed the car ride to get where I’m going — you know, the being able to stop when and where you want, drive as far or as little as you want, get there when you get there. Well, that’s not exactly the free-spirited days that we have experienced the last two days. What started as a leisurely trip to Orlando, has left us all in need of some magical Mickeyness.
When we finally headed out of our house yesterday, it was noon — just a wee bit later than initially planned. But, that was ok. After all, we were free-spiriting the day. A slightly later start meant nothing. We made our first stop just two hours into the journey. Last minute Christmas visits to relatives. So, once again, we got on the road a little later than planned. Our next stop came about an hour later — the kids always remind us when we have neglected to feed them.
Our free-spirited drive was really going well.
After the stop to feed the masses, we continued for at least another hour before the traffic decided to stop — completely — for another hour as we inched along a ten-mile span.
The free-spirit was still dancing and singing in the car.
We drove on, pushing into the night. Talking of all the adventures on which we were about to embark. The car ride is probably the one last place where you can gather family together (they are unable to escape). So we talked, and laughed, and sang goofy 80’s songs.
The free-spirit continued to entice us.
The grumpiness finally came around midnight when we were searching for a hotel.
The free-spirit seemed to be making its way from our grips — it was finally beginning to fade.
We awoke very leisurely again this morning — the final leg of our journey should only take us a couple of more hours. Perhaps the free-spirit would return.
We finally arrived at our hotel, tired and cranky (not emotions fit for the happiest place on Earth).
The long drive seems to have chased our free-spirit away.
So here we are, all tucked in. Making plans for tomorrow — each of us mustering up the energy to relax.
Each of us asking the free-spirit to return.
The long drive brought us to our destination — magical Mickeyness will bring us the rest of the way.
The free-spirit will find us again — soon.