Bored stiff or a stiff board?

Car journeys were always the worst, especially when it was some considerable distance. Games in the car would not include I Spy after the youngest cheated with L which nobody got.
‘Grass!’  he shouted gleefully when everyone gave in.
There were howls of protest that Grass began with G, not L.
‘Not when it’s a lawn’ he said.

The kids would become bored before we were out of the village, so we came up with words starting with the registration letters of vehicles in front of us.
That might last half an hour, so then it was looking out for a certain make of vehicle. Those were the days when The Love Bug was all the rage.
Thankfully our route did not include the notice boards for McDs, KFC or Burger King, so there were no demands for shakes and fries.

Written for Linda’s SoCS challenge


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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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10 Responses to Bored stiff or a stiff board?

  1. We also used to play games like this while travelling.

  2. murisopsis says:

    My mother was all about singing. She desperately wanted us 3 girls to become the next “Andrews Sisters”! So we’d sing songs – in 3 part harmony… I always ended up singing alto. I preferred the game where we had to discover license plates for all the states (US) as Indiana was the “crossroads of America”. That meant we would be anxiously anticipating passing the big semi trucks and trailers!

  3. Nope, Not Pam says:

    Grandson just plays with his iPad 🙄

  4. Rowena says:

    Brought back wonderful and not so wonderful memories of long car trips. My in-laws live 10 hours drive away, and we usually head up there at least once a year. I was thinking about writing about a long car trip for the prompt and that well-worn phrase: “Are we there yet?” came to mind. However, then I remembered an interview with a judge dating back to around the 1970’s I think. He used to ask what were then referred to as “teenage delinquents” why they did it and so many of them were bored. Consequently, he was instrumental in setting up youth clubs to keep them busy.
    Hope you’re having a good weekend.
    Best wishes,

    • Thanks Rowena.
      Luckily when we visited my Mum we only had the dog, but that could be a nine hour drive if traffic was bad, and we had to do the trip in one day as my sister never offered to put us up and we couldn’t afford a hotel. We would have potty stops and change drivers every hour as Hubby can’t sit for long periods of time, so it was a terrible journey for him and painkillers were always at hand. My sister never appreciated that, but then she never bothered to visit us locally, let alone when we were 300 miles away.
      Thanks for commenting. Hope this finds you well. Take care

  5. That really took me back! Are we nearly there yet?

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