The first thing you need to know is that this was a VERY intentional trip! Day 1 of this 8-day road trip I had “the talk” with Natalie… no, not that one. I wanted her to know why she was on this trip. After all, her mom didn’t get to come. Her sister and brother were left behind as well. I told her very simply that the reason she was on this special trip with me was because she is the oldest. I explained to her that as the oldest I expected more from her than I do of the others. I told her that I need her to get her head (and more importantly, her heart) around this whole moving to Georgia thing so that the others can follow her good example. I know pretty old-school stuff for a 13-year-old… but that is honestly how I feel about it. She not only heard me, she listened. The rest of our trip was proof.
Frankly, there are too many great moments to write them all. I will try to give you the highest points of 8 days of father-daughter bonding…
- 13 hours of driving each way (almost all of which was filled with real conversation)
- shopping at the Mall of Georgia (ok that was a high point for her)
- enjoying meals together (all of them – every day)
- watching movies together almost every night (and me explaining them to her)