Friday, August 05, 2005

The DVD player society

Last week when we were beginning to pack for our trip, my daughter said, "Don't forget -- I want to watch movies on the ride."


When I was her age, I would often go for long car rides (as in leave at dark in the morning and arrive at dark at night) and I never had "movies". Come to think of it, I never had a car seat, either. I would bring coloring books and lots of crayons and fall asleep sprawled across the back seat of the car (that did not have air conditioning) as my father would drive on the state roads (no real interstates like we have them today). The trip from Massachusetts to New York City would take no less than 9 hours, and that is without traffic.

What are we doing when we have our entertainment system-ready vehicles or portable DVD players with Toy Story 2 and Monsters Inc. in tow?


Well, it keeps the Whine-o-matic silenced for a while, I suppose.

1 comment:

maxandzoesmom said...

when i was growing up, we drove from Alabama to Connecticut to visit family every summer. my brother, sister, and i rolled around in the backseat of the station wagon. we played cards, read books, played license plate bingo and punch buggy, and just talked. we also probably drove our parents batty with our arguing, but i don't remember arguing all that much.

now when my husband and i get ready for similar car trips with our two kids (7 and 5), it's like a multi-media dynamo on wheels. there's the dvd player, the leap pads, the leapster, the nintendo DS, books, toys, snacks, etc., etc., etc.

and they still argue.