A Week in Illiana

Some of the things I learned in Illiana – that is, on the border of Illinois and Indiana.

  1. If you take Gramps on an 8 hour car ride, he will talk the ENTIRE 8 hours.
  2. If your tire blows on the high way, not only are you in trouble, but you will get fined (something I learned while Gramps was talking for 8 hours – my tires were fine).
  3. Sometimes you will hit what seems to be every pot hole on I-70 from MO to IN, and it will jostle your driver’s door open forcing you to take the next exit to close it… the most effective way to go about this is to slow down on the exit ramp just enough to open and slam the door closed and then be on your way.
  4. If you don’t eat all your food, Gramps will.
  5. You never know what you will find when cleaning out your 91-year-old Great Aunt’s stuff, so look closely. (And if you find $100, Gramps will let you keep – like I said, look VERY close).
  6. Gramps has the world’s best laugh and the world’s cutest smile – he’s also the funniest/goofiest man alive.
  7. Windmills are the hands down, absolute coolest thing ever – especially when you drive through a field of them.
  8. When you introduce Gramps to new music, he will ask you about the artist for at least an hour – “Does he dress like a country boy?”, “Where’s he from?”,  “Why hasn’t Travis Tritt (or insert any other country singer from the 90’s) taken him on the road yet?”
  9. I am capable of loading and moving a ton of stuff (as in, literally 2,000 pounds).
  10. The best way to intimidate boys is to offload a couch at the dump by yourself – plus, it will make Gramps’s day.
  11. Gramps will watch anything on TV with you, including the Bachelorette… which he now plans to watch every Monday at 7. (Update – he has not missed a single episode to date, we talk about the show every Monday and Tuesday (and almost every other time I call), and he hates Luke P.).
  12. There are a lot of untold stories and family history waiting to be told if you are willing to listen.
  13. You can get sunburnt while driving… like REALLY sunburnt.
  14. Gramps stays up later than I do.

There are so many other things I learned from Gramps during our week together, but the most important was that time is a precious gift. I will never forget the time I got to spend with my Gramps, and I am so thankful for that.

Next time you get the chance to go on a road trip with your grandpa (or any other person) – DO IT. You will never regret spending quality time with them, and you won’t forget it either.

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