The Yo Ho Ho car journey

How are annoying are your children?

I only ask because mine can be about as annoying as a rodent-sized Crazy Frog impersonating mosquito with a shrill laugh and a habit of loudly crunching into your last biscuit, which it has taken without asking, as it buzzes by you just as you're about to drop off to sleep.

Perhaps the question should become an essential part of obtaining a car insurance quote. I only say this because I have firsthand experience of just how hazardous a backseat of young voices can be.

Last week we returned from our family holiday in Cumbria when the youngest decided that the only way he wouldn't wail, whinge and scream the whole way home was if we played Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum for the entire journey without enjoying a single moment's variation.

The plan had been to complete the journey in a single leg. After about three hours things got so bad that we ended up pulling in to a Premier Inn just so that my husband and I had somewhere safe to pull our hair out. And to make things worse, he refused to go to sleep unless we sang him the same song until his little eyelids settled closed – by which time ours were virtually bleeding.

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