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Go With the Flow

Sunday, 10 August 2008

The trick to the breakfast buffet with three small kids is to arrive ahead of the crowds.

Today was our longest day of driving. We covered over 266 miles. Which comprised 266 miles of “are we there yet?” and “I can’t take it anymore!”. I think there was some lovely scenery too.

Tired kids + tired mommy = change of plans. Decided to postphone Jelly Belly Factory Tour and head straight to the hotel. Rerouting ourselves, we arrived ahead of check-in. Which was fine since all any of us wanted to do at that point was get to the pool.

(Actually, after 266 miles with my kvetchy kids, what I really wanted was the bar. But it wasn’t even 3:00 in the afternoon. And it didn’t seem right to stick the sitter with all three kids.)

A perfect respite. Plus it gave me a chance to teach the kids a new Yiddish word.

M’cheiya = refreshing, life-saver

(Remind me to tell you my m’cheiya story when I get back from camp.)

The water temperature was nothing short of perfect. An hour-and-a-half of fun and frolicking.

Where has the time gone? When did I become the parent, responsible for driving and making reservations? All my siblings and I cared about was staying in a hotel with a pool. And HBO. We had only Showtime at home so it was very thrilling to watch HBO. One summer, we saw “Grease 2” every single day of our vacation.

My kids are no different. “OH — that hotel is SO nice,” gushed Poppyseed as we drove past a motel with a pool in the parking lot. Note to Poppyseed’s future husband — skip the fancy digs. Motel 6 apparently meets my daughter’s standards.

One final observation. Risky to bring a baby who has had insufficient sleep into a restaurant.

Laila tov from the Napa Valley.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Dadgiraffe permalink
    Sunday, 10 August 2008 10:49 pm

    My theory concerning “m’chaye” is this: The word is typically uttered when one is being refreshed in water…because water is a source of life for us. We need water in order to live. We each come from water–aka, amniotic fluid. As a species, we emerged–from our very early history–out of the water. I futher believe that is one reason why Mikveh is so special.

    On another point: Your children kept asking, “Are we there yet?” As the grandparent, I take nearly-sinful satisfaction in declaring to you…it’s payback time!!!

    Have a great trip!

  2. Monday, 11 August 2008 6:56 am

    I’m really enjoying your travelogue. Keep it up.

  3. Monday, 11 August 2008 6:32 pm

    change of plans = wise ima!

    good for you;-)
    we don’t have nearly the adventures on our way up to camp. usually they sleep the whole way! lol.

  4. Tuesday, 12 August 2008 10:16 am

    Wait, so this is the same daughter who thinks Nordstroms is where all her clothing should come from? But Motel 6 is perfect for her? LOL – your daughter cracks me up. 🙂

  5. Tuesday, 12 August 2008 4:49 pm

    Thanks for sending the link. Great blog. Even better being up at camp with you and seeing how you communicate tech-wise with your yehudim.

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