We all planned to drive up to Michigan last weekend. Meka was visiting an old friend from college and I was driving Daniel up to visit my mom. Unfortunately, we ended up not being able to all go together. Daniel and I took off on our own Friday afternoon.
The first challenge was actually leaving home. I traveled so much last month; I have packing down to a science. I brought a change of clothes and my toiletries wrapped in an old Wal Mart bag. If I had a stick, it would have looked like I was running away from home. Since Daniel was going to be gone a couple of weeks, his clothes warranted a suitcase. I filled it from a quick checklist I threw together along with his toothbrush and special shampoo that doesn’t hurt his eyes.
His “non-clothes” took awhile longer to pack. I got a laundry basket and put in a few things I promised my mom I would bring along: board games for rainy days (“just in case”) and a couple of books to read at bedtime. I gave Daniel another old Wal Mart bag and told him to pack some toys. I gave him half an hour, but he had it filled within ten minutes or so. Before we left, I thought I would take a look to see what he thought he would need for the long trip:
- 15 Hot Wheels cars.
- 2 metal airplanes.
- 1 lighthouse sculpture.
- 1 watch, broken.
- 1 Duncan Yo-Yo, unwound.
- 1 bike license plate from California reading “DANIEL”.
- 0 bikes.
- 8 Happy Meal toys that have not been played with since we got them at McDonald’s.
- 1 stuffed animal tiger I have never, ever seen before.
We had a little chat about his stash, but I was only able to convince him the license plate was unnecessary. Everything else stayed in the bag. We even added a few things: some paper and crayons, the Travel Bingo game and a blanket from his bed. We threw it all in the back of the truck and we were on our way.