Car Games and a New School
When we travel, it's usually by car and it's almost always in the general New England area (I don't much like to fly). If you've ever driven around New England you know that there is a Dunkin' Donuts in every town. Some towns have two. To pass the time while driving, one of our favorite car-games is "Dunkin' Spottin' ". Now I know that it's not terribly clever or educational but it's fun and no matter how often we do this, I'm still utterly amazed at the sheer number of these franchises. Don't get me wrong, I like DD as much as the next coffee-loving-donut-eating-girl but I've always thought that two or three miles wasn't asking too much to drive for my fix. (After all: you can't buy 'em in the grocery store...). But I digress.
Our recent trip to Martha's Vineyard started out with Niall driving. Jake and I were engaged in a heated debate as to whether the driver had an advantage at our little game. It was my assertion that the driver is more tuned in to the general surroundings and therefore has an edge. Niall disagreed. When he took the position that the driver was on the lookout for more clear and present danger than donuts, Jake (remember, he's ten) flatly asked "You mean, like bacon?"
I hope he can remember his wonderful sense of humor today. This morning he marched squarely into a school where he has only set foot once, where he only knows only one person and where the other kids have been for five years. Needless to say, he was not exactly smiling when we said goodbye. I've been sitting on my hands or biting my nails all day. I'll let you know how it turns out.