My daughter, Marie, loves to play the “punch buggy” game while riding in the car. For those of you unfamiliar with this pastime, if a person spots a Volkswagon Beetlewhile riding, they punch, (lightly of course,) the other person. Marie seems to know where every Volkswagon owner is nearby. There is a green one at the Veterinarian, a red one at McDonald’s, a yellow one at CVS and usually at least one other on sale at a nearby auto sales lot.
If I were any other type of a person, (like someone who actually PAYS ATTENTION,) I would know where these were. But I continually forget, and she always forges ahead of me in this game 4 to zip. Because she is searching the road, nearby streets, and parking lots, and I am DRIVING, the only chance I have of finding one she doesn’t see is when one comes up from behind me and I can see it in my rear view mirror. Sometimes this happens and I am able to get a point.
Today, my husband took Marie out for a ride. He is well aware of this game, and he is a better player than I am. He can sometimes spot one or two Bugs, although he alway loses to Marie. For the fun of it, he drove Marie to the ship docks in a nearby port. Down a desolate highway on this Saturday, he finally came to his destination. The parking lot for Volkswagen Beetles which had arrived by ship, to be transported all over the country. For as far as the eye could see, there they were! A sea if Volkswagens! A Rainbow of Volkswagens! Marie was so amazed! Until this point, she had no idea that these cars were made overseas and shipped here. Her dad and she spent a good half hour there, laughing and punching each other in the shoulder. He said he got up to 210, but she still beat him!
PS. I am SOOOOO excited. As you will notice, I learned how to insert a picture into my blog! This, of course, does not compare to the gorgeously designed blogs which I visit, and I couldn’t figure out how to put it where I wanted to, but it is a start! There’s no stopping me now!