Punch Buggy Heaven

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!

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Comments on: "Punch Buggy Heaven" (27)

  1. Awesome story! My kids would find that heaven too!

  2. Oh I LOVED this game as a child! I can’t wait till Hunter is big enough, so we can teach it to him too!!

  3. What a fun thing for him to do!

    As for the photos in your blog – You go, Girl! I’d love to see more.

  4. Hee hee… we used to call them “slug bugs”!

  5. some great stuff really

  6. I loved this game too, though I fear my boys will be covered in bruises once they figure it out (there is no “punching lightly” for small boys)! And being able to insert a picture in your blog is way fancy – I haven’t managed that in six months!

  7. Wahooee!! You did good!! Keep it up. Hey, you know what? I can see Marie’s eyes when she saw all them Volkswagons!! What a thrill for her.

  8. Kirsten Lesko said:

    Congrats on getting a picture in your post!

    I used to be a pro at that game – we called it slug bug. I have always wanted one of those cars & I think it’s because of that game.

    • 5kidswdisabilities said:

      Yeh, I’m learning! In my next post I actually got the picture in the MIDDLE where it belongs! (Whooo! whoooo!)

  9. I do know that game. 🙂 Fun. You have a very delightful week with your great family. 🙂

  10. Hey Lindsey,
    Just popped in to visit – thanks for commenting on my blog! Anyway, we played this game during our excellent Nevada adventure, but with any vehicle that came along. When you’re in the middle of nowhere, you can’t be picky.

  11. What a fun memory you all made.

  12. Until the recent slew of VW commercials, I’ve avoided this game with my boys. I bruise pretty easily and my boys don’t need any excuses to punch each other!

    Can’t believe your hubby drove down to the docks to see over 200 “slug bugs”. He must be a glutton for punishment!

  13. That game is always fun to play with the kids and ours always won too :^) I bet the look on her face was priceless when she saw all of those VW’s

    There is no stopping you now as far as the pictures go.

  14. I was going to say we call that game slug bug , but someone beat me too it ! 😉

  15. Yes I love VW’s always did, have not been in the market for a while now!

  16. That’s hysterical, taking her to the dock to see so many! And brave. You’re a better momma than I am – my kids really slug for punch buggy!

  17. First..I am jealous you figured out how to insert a picture. I find this blog decorating thing quite frustrating and confusing as I am a computer dumbo. Now on to your blog. I always played the punch buggy game with my kids…and as you pointed out I too was always the loser!!! How funny that they had a punch-off at the vW place. I bet they remember this for a long time!!!

  18. We play this game too! That’s so cool that they were able to go to the dock & see so many at one place. I can’t imagine the havoc & mayhem this would cause in my family 😉

    Thanks for stopping by my blog today. It was nice to “meet” you! Oh and congrats on the picture…that’s quite an accomplishment!

  19. Love punch buggy! 🙂 I used to have a red VW New Beetle. Only car I ever named (Frankie).

    • 5kidswdisabilities said:

      Yes, they do seem like the only cars one would name. My friend drives one with big daisies on the dashboard. The look like fun cars, but not big enough for me and my kiddos. Maybe someday when they are grown…

  20. How fun! My daughter has just discovered this game, and she loves it!

  21. redriverpak said:

    I live in Texas. VW Bugs are prohibited by State Law in that they are considered “hippie” cars only owned and driven by Liberals. I am a liberal and had to hammer my VW out into the general shape of a Buick in order to avoid getting sent to the State Pen…..

  22. I am so enjoying you blog…. your stories are truly amazing…

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