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.