dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Kids in the back, dolts in the front......

As you know, the Pattersons seem incapable of coming up with a family vacation plan that pleases all of them; usually, it's the children that suffer the most from this lack of vision. We started out with Mike and Lizzie having a succession of crumby trips to tourist traps and devolved to John and Elly taking their creepy couples-only vacations that left April at home like an afterthought. They always used to tell April the same thing: they needed a break from parenting so they had to exclude her from seeing new things and new places. What they really meant is that their experiences traveling with children have always been negative so they don't want to be "those idiot tourists with the noisy, ill-behaved child"; what gets me upset is that each and every negative experience can be traced to their inability to understand how children think and thus make travel a positive experience. Usually, they act like the children's boredom with zooming down the highway for hours on end with little to occupy themselves is a great big burden; their failure to realize that the offsprings and short ones pick up on their bad attitudes and realize that Mommy and Daddy are mad at them for no reason they can see sabotages any attempt they might make to expose them to the novel and unfamiliar. The end result is the odd fixation the kids have with the Pattermanse; since the new is bad, the old is good.

Tags: one big oblivious family, pattersons on the road

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