Alex and I have taken a lot of car rides together. We've driven up and down the parkways, east and west, to various doctor's appointments. The car rides are less frequent now, but today we took one.
Nowadays, Alex sits up front with me and DJ's, finding fun songs we can sing to on our drive. Today's playlist included "Look, Ma, I MadeIt", "Kokomo", and covers from the Chipmunks/Chipettes including "Survivor" and "Bad Romance."
Both of us would rather be home. The car ride today carried us to laser treatments for scarring. Alex was badly attacked by a dog three years ago which has left facial scarring we've been working on for years. We wait in the waiting room. We wait in the numbing room . It's a lot of waiting for something that hurts. It's not how a ten year old wants to spend his time after school (or a 41 year old, either, for that matter.)
The car ride, though, they are time we spend together, singing or chatting. Like another good song once said, it's like "sunshine on a cloudy day." A silver lining to a stormy cloud. My boy.
Kathleen Neagle Sokolowski