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.