The drive up took us about 3 hours. The drive back: almost 7. It was my wife's birthday today.
Happy Birthday honey.
"Hey," we said, "it's your birthday today. Let's do something special. Lets take the scenic route along the southern coast. We'll stop someplace nice, near the ocean, and eat and look at the waves. How long could it take?"
7 hours, 1 car, 2 toddlers. Bad math.
It started out great. Like we often do when we tour breath-taking seaside towns, we picked out about a dozen places to which we are definitely moving when we sell. Some were beautiful houses with large decks and perfect gardens. Some were simply near the beach.
Then, we hit a less scenic point in the trip. And everyone got hungry. And everyone had to pee. All at once. And were not close to anything promising. So we pushed it. We ended up on the boardwalk at Old Orchard Beach. Pizza, Pier Fries, Seafood, arcades, rides, and one small family having a complete meltdown in the middle of it all.
Then we peed and had pizza and clams and delicious Pier fries and piled back into the car. 5 minutes passed. Daughter: "Daddy, I have to poopoo." Stop. Poopoo in our tiny porta potty. Go.
Boy cries. Stop, change diaper. Drive. And so it goes.
Obviously we made a mistake. Not the kids. I'm pretty sure. The jury is still out on that.
I mean thinking we could take kids that young on that kind of car trip. By the time we finally got home, it sounded like we had kidnapped two very angry chimps from their natural habitat. Thank god they were strapped in and couldn't get to their feces.
Sorry about that guys. Daddy made a bad call.
The important thing. It's my wife's birthday today. She was gracious as could be about how the day went. She is also more beautiful today then the day we met. She's already called bullshit on that. Maybe it's me. I'm definitely more beautiful today than the day we met.
What I mean is, maybe it's that she's just more beautiful to me now than before. Maybe it's just that I see her better. Appreciate her more. I don't know. My perspective is the truth to me.
I love you my darling. Happy Birthday. Thanks for sharing it with me. Next year, let's drive to the Grand Canyon. We can make it!
Happy to be home,
Gratuitous pic of Sebago Lake because it's just so damn pretty.