Most of our family lives in Ventura County. Ventura County sits on the opposite side of Los Angeles County from us and, depending on traffic, may take anywhere from a little over an hour to nearly two and a half hours' drive time. Most of the time we average about an hour and a half.
We made this trip this weekend so we could make sure that the Woodyettes' sick grandmother was home resting comfortably and able to take care of herself without too much assistance.
Generally speaking, the Woodyettes handle this commute fairly well. They are both seasoned travellers. They just recently completed a 3,000 mile circuit of the western United States, plus a trip back to Utah for a family wedding.
Mrs. Woody sensed a bit of restlessness on this particular trip north. To avoid meltdowns in the backseat, she began a game of "Name That Tune." She began by humming the first few notes of some favorite lullabies or Primary songs. Within a few minutes the Woodyettes had jumped in with gusto. Pretty soon, they were humming their own tunes and having Mommy and Daddy do the guessing. (Daddy would like it noted, for the record, that he guessed Jelly's attempts fairly accurately. Daddy hears some of these songs a lot.)
Jelly Woodyette has a LeapPad® learning system. One of her favorite modules is one that teaches some basic music appreciation. It has a snippet of Mozart's well-known "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik," and Jelly has been known to hum that famous opening to herself around the house. She tried it on us in the car. Daddy, of course, recognized it right away. "I know that one! That was 'Eine Kleine Nachtmusik!'"
I was expecting one of Jelly's patented groans, coupled with "Aaawwww! Daddy guessed!" and a slightly pouty lip. What I got instead was a puzzled silence from the backseat.
Then with stunned incredulity in her voice, "Daddy? Did you just say 'I Decline A Nut Music?'"
I haven't laughed that hard in a long while.