When the Daughters were learning to drive, Hubby became Super Dad. He had infinite patience with their behind-the-wheel time and knew just what to say to keep the lesson an educational and soothing one. Me, I spent most of my time saying “OK, OK, OK you can use the brakes now like now now NOW!” which is why I did one session with each and that was the end. But back to Super Dad. He was terrific with them and outfitted them with everything they could ever need:
- The AAA card so they would never be stranded.
- Jumper cables. I don’t think they knew the car had a battery, but whatevs.
- Emergency flares.
- Solar blanket.
- A neat carrying case for everything.
This last one mystified them both. “What do I need these for?”
Super Dad was baffled. “How else will you know where you’re going if you’ve never been there before?”
Driving Daughters pull out cell phones and point to apps for Scout and Google Maps.
Super Dad was even more baffled. “Okay, but you need the bigger picture. You know how many times those things are wrong? And what about when you need to exit a highway to find a Dunkin Donuts or a bathroom, you need the map to know how to get back!”
Driving Daughters shrugged and went on their merry ways.
Recently Super Dad pulled out a map for a trip one of them was planning and pointed out the route and where the best driving might be. He gestured at various cities that built loops and beltways and discussed the merits of each one and their relation to the overall trip. He turned the map over to show the larger cities in their own little maps and where they might want to stop for a meal. Satisfied he had made his point, he folded up the map expertly and handed it to the Daughter.
“That’s too hard and confusing,” she said. “It’s easier to use the phone.”
“Please,” he said. “Just take the map. Just in case.”
She relented, more to make him happy than to actually use it,
To this day, I don’t believe either one has ever looked at a map to get a picture in their head of where they might be traveling. The punchline to all this, of course, is that they both majored in History in college. Hello! Where would History be without maps?????
Super Dad just smiles.