I should be sleeping…

But I couldn’t resist the chance to share our new travel game.  This kept the children entertained for the last 10 hour leg of our journey, taking us from Fort Worth all the way to Branson.

I call this fast and furious game Ten Minutes Ago. The object of the game is for the children to take turns coming up with new complaints, increasing the urgency with each turn by repeating the word “really” one more time than the last player.  Each successful turn is answered by the moderator with a sentence that includes the phrase “10 minutes ago.”

The first player says, “Mom, I’m thirsty!”

I say, “You can’t be.  You just had a drink 10 minutes ago.”

As quickly as possible, the second player follows: “Mom, I’m really hungry.

I say, “No you’re not.  You just ate 10 minutes ago.”

#3: “I have have to go to the bathroom really, really bad!”

“No, you don’t.  You just went 10 minutes ago.”

#4: “I’m sick.  I have to puke right now!”

Now #4 is disqualified because she didn’t follow the pattern.  She was supposed to say “I really, really, really have to puke right now.” I kick her out of the van and keep driving.

OK.  Not really.  But I did entertain some new uses for the roll of duck tape that I had spontaneously tossed in the back of the van as we packed.  “This might come in handy for something, ” I had thought to myself at the time.  Heh, heh.


  1. Oh yes. So familiar. Add 3 more kids to that and see what you get. Yikes, we’ve had some grand times. Glad you are having fun.

  2. I really, reaaly, really waana know if we are there yet! 🙂

    Gotta love road trips, that’s all we do for traveling 🙂

  3. I LOVE what this post is filed under!!
    Thanks for the laugh. It is always funnier when it is not my 8 children, but someone else’s 9, instead.

  4. Jennifer says:

    Even if she had said “really really really”, I think complaints of puking should be disqualified. That way if someone did really have to puke, someone would grab the sick bucket instead of ignoring them and ending up covered in puke.

    Especially if you have kids who easily get carsick, and possible chicken pox. (I’ve been told that my puking during chicken pox was either a)unorthodox, or b)unrelated, but it happened, so maybe those people just had a milder case?)

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