It was a hot summer day in June. My grandmother, Mom, my brother Daniel, my cousin Valerie, and I were headed out for a long vacation. We were first going to Mississippi and then on to Florida to Disneyworld. Talk about excitement!!! I couldn’t contain myself and didn’t sleep much at all the night before. Valerie was visiting us because her mom had gotten sick. My wonderful mom had volunteered for her to stay with us the entire summer. It was so cool. Valerie and I were best friends already, much less best cousins. We did everything together all the time. So having her come along was just another treat for me. Of course, I had rather my little snoopy brother, Daniel, didn’t come, but oh well! After all, who can complain when you are going to Disneyworld!
We had to stop in Mississippi to leave my grandmother off at her house before the vacation. That wasn’t such a bad idea either, because I loved my grandmother’s house, the creek to fish and swim in and all of her things. The night before we had packed everything we needed. I just couldn’t get to sleep. Finally I must have fallen asleep because the alarm was going off and everyone was hurrying about the house. Dad had made us breakfast. He couldn’t go due to his work schedule, but insisted we go and have fun. He even told me to ride the Teacups for him and the Train! Dad is such a laugh.
The car was packed, we had double checked everything and were waving goodbye! Another reason for the stop in Mississippi was for rest. It was going to be a long ride to even get that far in one day. Mom turned on the a/c in the car along with the radio and we settled in. She had it on her favorite country music, so we sang along a few songs of Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash. I must have fallen asleep right after we left the house. The next thing I knew, Mom was waking me up. We had stopped for lunch at a Whataburger restaurant. My favorite, too! She said to eat hearty as we would not stop again until we reached my grandmother’s house. I ate a whole Whataburger with fries and an ice tea. Valerie did, too! Daniel had a Jr Whataburger and so did my grandmother. Mom had a salad with chicken. Back in the car, Valerie and I decided to play, I spy. It is loads of fun! I was spying all kinds of things from license plates from Washington to blue jays in trees. Daniel tried to join in but would get mad if we guessed his too quickly. So he got out his video game and played it. Mom had to stop for gas one time right before we made it to the Mississippi state line. We always honk the horn when we cross over into Mississippi, but she said she was not going to do that since it was now getting dark and it might upset other drivers. I have a very smart mom.