I've always been really resistant to having any extra electronic doodads in the car. Music is one thing, but I have always been old school about DVD players, etc. coming along. I mean, why not read, or play road games, or oh, I don't know, talk? I've travelled without them forever, and I'm hardly damaged by being forced to occupy myself with only a radio or a book. Even when we've traveled with the kids in the past, they've been perfectly content with personal CD players and Gameboys.
I am a big enough person to admit right here that I was wrong, wrong, wrong.
This trip, my brother lent us his DVD system, that has two screens for viewing..one for back seat, one for middle seat...and Jane lent me her DVD player, which we allowed the little miss to use (she wouldn't want to get stuck watching the big kid movies anymore than they would want to endure the Barbie torture). We weren't even really out of town, when Mr W turns to me and says, "Wow. Do you hear that?" "What?" "Silence." "It's a beautiful thing, isn't it?" Bliss! No squabbling. No "Give me that! It's mine!" (before we leave the driveway) No "how much further?" Just silence.
I'm so jazzed, we call my brother..."Thanks, man, for letting us use your DVD player setup. We love it..." I hand the phone over to Mr W, so he can say a few words..and he echoes my sentiments, then adds "It's sooo quiet, dude, and it's amazing...it's better than sex."
Excuse me? I raise an eyebrow, giving him an incredulous look. How long have we been married? You'd think he'd know by now that comments like that do not ingratiate you to your wife...maybe the next time he gets that lovin' feeling, I'll be ornery and point to the DVD player. Although I must admit that the whole silence factor is quite noteable, I wouldn't say it's better than sex. Dork! Comments like that guarantee you are alone the next cold, dark night.
At any rate, the movies kept 'em all entertained. I don't think we heard one "are we there yet?" until we were indeed almost there. And we still got to talk, because they'd come up for air every now and then with a question about the movie, or just to ask if they could have another treat. We would have also brought along their game systems, but there just wasn't any room....
And that led us into daydreaming about getting a new van...with a DVD system, of course...and after we had our 'which-way-do-we-go' spat, I added, "and it has to have GPS, so that we don't -ahem- have to be at the mercy of Mapquest." Not that we're rushing out for a new vehicle anytime soon, but should we do....
well, I guess I know where Mr W will be sleeping.