In the immortal words of Willy Wonka

18 Jun

It’s that time of year again. Days away from the northbound departure of Crazy Momma’s Road Trip (henceforth to be known as CMRT), and I am definitely augmenting the crazy. This happens every year. In a rush to get everything ready, I get the kids packed with a week to go. Then we hurry up, and wait. And wait. And wait. And it is torture. It helps that I am not myself ready to go. The last minute to do lists are a mile long (Mow lawn at the last possible minute! Set a/c to 80! Pack the laptop & kids’ daily medications!) And I sure as heck haven’t packed my own clothes yet – Crazy Momma only has so many pairs of shorts that fit & since Florida is giving me a fine send-off of temps in the 90s, I can’t yet relinquish my entire A-list summer wardrobe to a suitcase. But this happens every year; I’m excited to go, I’m ready to go, I don’t want the trip to ever start. Wait. What?

The answer is revealed in the immortal words of Willy Wonka:

“The suspense is terrible. I hope it will last.”

Have you ever wanted something to happen so badly that you plan and wish and dream, and then when it finally happens it is magical and beautiful and wonderful, but then when it inevitably ends you feel sad? Yeah, that’s what CMRT is like for me. It is indubitably the highlight of my year. It takes work, effort, planning, and a whole load of cash. But it’s worth it. Every red cent. Because we’re making memories here, people! It’s funny to me when people say I’m brave (guess they’re willing to leave off the other adjectives since I’ve self-admitted the crazy) for taking 3 kids on a 3,000+ mile driving road trip by myself. I’m not brave, I’m selfish. I will happily admit that CMRT is as much, if not more, about my own desire to travel than my desire to broaden my childrens’ horizons. Though that is a part of it. I want them to love travel as much as I do. I want them to see the beauty in the adventure, even if that adventure is just getting an earful of regional accents in a fast food restaurant in another state. And the truth is, my children are 100% better behaved on the road than at home. Don’t get me wrong, I have great kids. Truly. But they’re kids. They test, they torment, they turn their boredom into misbehavior at the drop of a hat. I’ve had trips to the mall with my kids that were more stressful than the entire 3 weeks of CMRT. And summer would just be too excruciatingly long without an epic adventure.

But here I am, sitting basically ready, only days away from departure. I’m in the thick of the suspense. It is terrible. But I hope it will last. Because as eager as I am to depart – to watch those miles click over on the odometer, to have new adventures, to see old friends – I don’t want the suspense to end. Because as soon as the suspense ends, as soon as the trip begins, it starts to be over. The closer I get to the firepit at Joe & Tina’s house, the closer I get to leaving them for another year. The closer I get to “our” house & beach in Kennebunkport, the closer I get to having to pack it all up, and head back south. Though southbound is good too, because there are more adventures, more old friends to visit – but then we’re home all too soon. And this is just like me. To see the end before I’ve even reached the start. But that’s how it is with CMRT for me. I’m in love with the idea of it just as much as I am in love with the reality of it. I adore the sweet anticipation of knowing the fun I’m going to have, the crazy memorable moments that will occur, the spontaneous joy and sibling love that always seems to bubble over on our trip. All of that is going to be wonderful, but in three weeks it will be behind us. I haven’t even left home yet, and I’m sad that it will be over soon. But that’s Crazy Momma’s prerogative; I’m allowed to wallow in the suspense. Hoping it will last, knowing it won’t. And then feeling grateful every day after departure that I have these wild, beautiful, road warrior kids who give me an excuse to load up my van and head out on CMRT.

So stay tuned, dear readers, this Sunday morning marks the northbound departure of CMRT: Summer 2013 Edition, and I intend to bring you all along for the ride…

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