Our summer vacation last week involved a road trip, a very long drive to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. We are seasoned car-trippers. Last summer we travelled 499.5 miles to Orono, Maine. (Yes, I mapquested the mileage.) Here’s the funny part about our long car rides. First, we have a small SUV with only one row of […]
The kids and I have been keeping cool this summer. Our house has central air, the car’s AC works wonderfully, we have lots of cold bottled water, and we spend quite a few afternoons lounging by the town pool. They, of course, take it for granted. And I, like all elders, bore them with tales […]
Standing in the grassy island between our property and our neighbors, the enormous tree provided necessary shade for our brutally sunny backyard as well as the perfect canopy for our car, shielding it from the bright sun, rain and snow. When red blooms dropped like furry paintbrushes dusted with greenish-yellow pollen, they soiled the car. […]
You know that in The Garden State, we spend a lot of time with the kids in the car. We eat in there, reconnect with our kids while driving, listen to them chattering with friends as we bring friends over for playdates. Kids fall asleep in the car, negotiate with us to get their music over the stereo, leave personal effects in the backseat (books, toys, headbands, artwork) as do you (lipstick, phone recharger, perfume). The car becomes an extension of home.
When we moved to the suburbs from Manhattan, we had like many other New Yorkers our City Car. It was old, it was dented, it was scraped, it was dirty. But none of this mattered, these were all the scars of a life well-lived in New York City, of fitting into spaces that should have been […]