Wednesday, September 9, 2009


Bright and early tomorrow morning, Joy, Pop, and I are leaving on a trip to visit family in NC. Here are the rules:

1. Don't keep the car at 32 degrees.

2. Keep plenty of Diet Dr. Pepper chilled and ready to use on a moments notice.

3. I call the back myself...with no body touching me.
(Why, yes, Joy, I realize that it would be hard for me to drive from the back seat...near impossible, I'd say!)

4. I am the older sister, so I am still the boss. (Pop doesn't get a vote, this is between the sisters)

5. This should be a cultural experience as well as a family visit. Therefore, we should pull quickly into any Shopping Mall or interesting looking shop that we pass. It is perfectly acceptable to turn the car around and go back. Many times there are new and exciting things to discover when you just take the time to go inside and look around. And, remember, they may be closed when we come back by, so we should always stop at first sight.

6. Do not tell me to "get my head out of that book."

7. It will be the driver's responsibility to keep a CLEAN restroom in sight all times!

8. I am prepared to use my tender, little hands to pump the gas into the car. I will do this out of the goodness of my heart...AND...because my sister is 54 years old and still does not know how to pump gas!!!Honest!

9. Any and all other questions about anything concerning this trip can be discussed by the folks in the front seat. As long as you remember that the back seat passenger retains all veto power!

10. "Pop, keep your hands inside the car!!!"


racheld said...

Bon Voyage and Godspeed to you and your Dearies!!!

What a wonderful, enticing thing an untraveled road can be, and the old faithful ones always have something new to show you.

Have a wonderful time, get some rest, and come back renewed and refreshed, to tell us all about it.

Sharon said...

hahahahahaha this is so cute, have a awesome time!!!!

blessings :)

Love Being a Nonny said...

I love these rules!!!!

I am in NC...wonder if you will be near me????

Gram said...

I see nothing wrong with the rules. Now if only I could use them when I am with my sisters - but I am the baby so I do not have veto power. I use to have the cuteness factor but that ship has sailed.

Paula (SweetPea) said...

This is a hoot, as always. You are a hoot. I love your humor. You can take an ordinary family trip and make it a comedy show.

I think it's time your sis learns how to get that non-removable gas smell on her hands. :-)

What fun!

Can you record the trip, put it on youtube and share it with us? Just to be in the vehicle with you all would be a riot!

Musicaljean said...

When my sisters and I used to take road trips, I would be the designated diary keeper. Oh, the laughs we still have over the things written in those diaries.

Poor Joy - what she must put up with, being your sister, ha, ha!!

Just Breathe said...

Have a wonderful safe trip. See you when you get back. God Bless.

LivingTheLife said...

Those are MY kind of rules...I'm the older sister, too...and there is an 8 year difference (we won't go into how "rude" I thought it was of my parents to have a child 8 years AFTER I was born, Goodness wasn't I ENOUGH!) Anyhoo, I've gotten totally off track. But when I finally got my license and was responsible for taking my sister to school and such...I didn't think it unreasonable when a "cute" guy was approaching that I insisted my lil sis dive onto the backseat floor! At least you're not making Joy do anything unreasonable like that!

Have fun...I can't wait to hear the stories!


nancygrayce said...

This sounds like a fun trip....well, except for poor Joy, the driver! :)

Joy, who pumps your gas?????

Southern Lady said...

You're so cute, Tonja. I know you're all going to have a wonderful time with your family reliving favorite memories and making new ones.

Take care and let us hear from you along the way.

Dianne said...

Tonja, you are sooo funny! I loved reading your list, I'll just be curious to know how much of it comes to fruition. Hope all of you are having a great time.

Jillian, Inc said...

Have a great time! And I am here to tell you that you CAN drive from the back seat just fine. The rapid handmovements and eye rolling aren't as effective though.

Kat said...

Too funny! Now move over 'cause you're gonna have company in the backseat. Seriously, I wish I could go too. Have a safe and fun trip. And don't kill each other. LOL