Car trips (not to be confused with a road trip to an exciting vacation destination or sight-seeing adventures) can make for a r.e.a.l.l.y. long drive. But since meeting Brad, I have been especially thankful for car trips.
If you haven’t noticed this about me, I have a fondness for talking. Brad, on the other hand, does not. He much prefers silent brainstorming and contemplation. Get him going on the topics of electronics, computers, engineering and heavy trucks (his work industry), or bicycles and he could easily fill the void of an hour with “nerd” talk. But hearing childhood stories or discussions from the heart was extremely rare.
For the first eight years of our life together, we lived 8 hours from his family. So I was always thrilled to go car tripping from Indiana to Iowa because I had Brad as my captive audience and could generally prod some good conversation out of him.
This weekend, as we traveled from Chicago to northeast Iowa (4.5 hours), northeast Iowa to Ames (3 hours), and back, we have had ample car time. I love these times that take us out of the every day. Even if it is just driving for hours, it gives us a chance to be together and talk about things that interest us that may not otherwise come up in daily conversation. It gives us a chance to talk about family goals and our to-do list and sometimes to just “dream up” what we’d like the future to hold for us.