Picture this: The car is fully loaded for the trip to Florida. Everything is in place except the kids. I’ve gotten Abby and Grace in the car and I’m working on getting them buckled. Having some difficulty, I resorted to threats:
“If you want to go to the beach, I need you to get in your seats,” says I.
Not much response.
“Listen guys, if you want to go with us, you’re going to have to get in your seats and get buckled.” Still no response. I decide to rephrase it.
“If you don’t get into your seats right now, we’re going to leave you at home by yourself.” This finally got their attention, though the response wasn’t what I intended.
Grace climbed out of the car, walked to the front porch, turned around and said, “I’m gonna miss you, Daddy.”