I remember the days when I could get in my car, listen to what I wanted to (or nothing at all) and just drive. Those days are so far gone. Ellie talks a lot all the time, but it seems to be amplified in the car. The kid never shuts up and it is exhausting some days. I will admit, I have turned her tv (usually reserved for really long car trips) on just to get some peace and quiet.
I will also admit that she comes by it honestly. I am/was a talker. That, my friends, is called Karma.
Ellie: Mommy, what's that?
Me: What's what, honey?
Me: What? The orange thing? A pylon. It's used during construction.
Me: Then what?
Me: WHAT? The Police Car? The guy on a bike? What?
Ellie: NO! The blue thing.
Me: Where? I don't see a blue thing.
Ellie: Over there. By the reddish thing behind that car that is stopped.
Me: I'm sorry honey, I don't see it.
Ellie: Never mind. It's not important. Can I have a snack?
Ellie: Mommy, will you turn on my bible school songs I love my Bible school songs I really want to sing my bible school songs will you sing with me I WILL NOT BE AFRAID, WHEN TROUBLES OUT THERE, NIGHT AND DAY, THIS LITTLE LIGHT OF MINE, I'M GONNA LET IT SHINE, LET IT SHINE, LET IT SHINE, LET IT SHINE! OH! There's where I'll be going to preschool. I LOVE school, I can't wait to go to school. You aren't coming right mommy? It is just for big kids. No mommies right? Can I get a cookie at the grocery mommy. Mommy? Mommy? Mommy? MOMMY?!?
Me: Yes honey, you can get a cookie.
Ellie: Ok. I want an m&m cookie. Do you think they will have an m&m cookie? Mommy? Mommy? Mommy? MOMMY?!?
Me: I don't know honey, we will have to see.
Ellie: Oh, ok. I hope they do. I love m&m cookies best but I will take a chocolate chip if that is all they have. Or oatmeal. But no nuts, ok mommy. I don't like nuts. Will you make sure it doesn't have nuts. I really don't like nuts in my cookeis. Can we go to the zoo later? It's my favorite place. Mommy? Mommy? MOMMY?!?
Me: I don't think we will have time to go to the zoo today honey. We have to go the library, and the grocery, and the drugstore. Maybe tomorrow.
Ellie: Ok. Maybe tomorrow. We have to be quiet in the library right mommy. Right mommy?
Ellie: Cause people are reading and working and visiting and reading and playing with toys. Right mommy? And after you get your book, I can play for a little bit. Right? I think I will play with the puzzles. I hope no one is doing the dinosaur puzzles. They're my favorites. Do you think someone already has the dinosaur puzzles?
Me: Oh maybe, but you can share the puzzles.
Ellie: Ok. I'll share the puzzles, but some kids aren't good at sharing like I am. I share good don't I mommy.
Me: Yes baby, you share very well.
Me: Yes honey?
Ellie: I love you.
Ellie: Oh no! I dropped my ball!
Me: I can't get it now honey, I will get it when we get home.
Ellie: Please can you get it now, I really need it now. I need it right now!
Me: Sorry man, I can't reach it and am going 70 mph down the freeway.
Ellie: Is that fast?
Me: Yes very fast.
Ellie: Well slow down and then you can get it.
Me: I can't slow down. This road is for going fast.
Ellie: But I really, really need it mom.
Me: You are just going to have to wait. Period. Stop asking me please.
Me: I mean it Ellie. I can't get it now. I will get it as soon as I can.
Ellie: FINE! Can I have a snack while I wait?
I could go on and on and on and on, but I think you get the general idea. This is all after she HAS to get in the car seat by herself which takes FOREVER. Wanna come with us on our next road trip? Yeah, didn't think so.