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Guest Post by Elena Grace (age 7)

Our daughter has this to say about traveling:

Of course, I have to add the mom-commentary (is that a Mom-mentary?) that THIS may be the reason she gets carsick:

Reading in the car... Pass the Pepto!


I am... a writer, an explorer, a coffee-drinker, a recovering addict, a barefoot linguist, a book-dragon ("bookworm" doesn't cover it), a raconteur, a sailboat skipper, a research diver, a tattooed scholar, a pirate, a poet, a spiritual adventurer, a photographer, a few kinds-of-crazy, a joyful wife, a mom... a list-maker! :)

29 thoughts on “Guest Post by Elena Grace (age 7)

  1. And yet…aren’t you so very, very proud that she’s a reader? And more so…that she expressed her opinion via the written word? You’re obviously doing something right.


    1. True! Car rides tend to be eerily quiet, so long as we keep the backseat “book box” stocked (a trick I learned from MY Ma)…


    1. That would be the daughter you wished on me every time *I* was being a difficult daughter… “I hope you have a daughter just…like…you!” [insert evil mom-cackle] ;)


  2. My only concern is how she’s sitting in that seat! I’m obnoxious about car seat safety after my friends son was killed in an accident he should have survived due to just It being restrained properly.


    1. Safety is never an obnoxious topic! :) It doesn’t show, but she does have the booster beneath her (buckled, of course)… But as for positioning, Miss Kinetic Energy doesn’t hold ANY pose for more than a couple minutes, even when she’s reading–I confess I’ve given up trying to limit her range of motion, though you make an excellent point!


  3. This is great! And, yeah, I think it’s the reading. However, that book looks great. I’m trying to make out the name of it. I’ve been looking for a good book to buy a little girl about your daughter’s age. Care to share?


    1. It’s “The New Walt Disney Treasury” (Though in our case, it’s the 1971 “new” version. We do a lot of business at the used book store!) Amazon has more updated versions (and heck, probably this one too), but she does love this book. ;)


      1. I’m checking Amazon as I type! Well, practically. I’m heading there right now. Thanks for the tip. It looks like a great book and just what I’m looking for!


  4. Hi Elena Grace-It was really fun to read your post on your mom’s blog. I don’t know why, but riding in the back seat always make me feel sick, too. I always had to sit in the front seat. If I remember right reading books in the moving car also made me feel sick. I hope you outgrow this as you get older because, at least for me, traveling is really fun. Take care sweetie! Be good. Love, rosellezubey


  5. I hope that you don’t mind that I made my first post directly to Elena Grace, Kana. I really enjoyed her post and totally could relate to what she said. i always got car sick when I was her age. I still can’t read in a moving car or bus. I really love to interact with children. I love their energy and joy even through a blog post.

    Thanks for your great comments on my blog, too. I really loved it when you said I should tell my story my own way. I have to say that what you say means a lot to me since I’m just starting out.

    Take care! rosellezubey


  6. That will do it..I get sick if I look down and take my eyes off the road..then I need air and to look into the distance of the road..ugh what a horrible feeling.


  7. I think the reason I developed a rich interior life is because every summer as a child we would take long car trips and everybody else would be reading or doing find-a-word or checking out maps and I would be in the center back seat, eyes glued to the road, trying to foil the vertiginous “urk”. Rolling gravel roads, my dad’s cigarette smoke, and winding mountain highways made even conversation difficult so imagination was my only entertainment. Elena, you have my sympathy, and if you don’t mind just a little electric shock, the Relief Band (electronic, not acupressure) helped me a lot. If you are lucky, like my younger son, you will just outgrow it–he reads in the car just fine, now! Me, not so much.


  8. Too cute and I totally sympathize with her. Reading in the car is one of my favorite pastimes and I’m thankful i don’t get sick easily. My youngest gets motion sickness pretty bad, unfortunatly. She’s pretty much stuck looking out the front window. Long trips require Dramamine or she gets sick several times. We learned a few things that might help you out though. Big plastic ice cream buckets are great throw up containers. We keep a couple in the car at all times. Beats cleaning up the seats or floor ;) Sea sickness bands work pretty well, provided she keeps them in the right spot on her wrists. She gets sick easier if she has something with high fat or acidic content in her stomach or if the car is to warm.


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