Monday it was complete chaos on one of the main roads through Belgium. A dramatic accident involving trucks made traffic between two crucial cities impossible. People stood still in their cars for almost seven hours! Seven hours! I couldn’t help but imagine: what if I had been one of them and Little Boy was in that car? How on earth would I have managed?
From this weekend on, there will be in my car at all times:
- at least one large bottle of water and a cup.
- crackers and if possible an apple (please don’t ask me how I plan to keep fruits fresh in my car, it’s just an idea)
- an extra blanket (there’s already one in my trunk)
- entertainment! I think a few new books, maybe a ‘surprise purse’ with mommy-like stuff, CD with popular songs for children,..
- a few diapers and wet wipes
Oh lord. While I’m typing those last ones… I can’t do anything but pray that I have been to the loo before leaving. I do have a roll of toilet paper in my car, but how would I use it the way it was meant if there was no possibility for me to leave the car (and leave Little Boy unattended?).
Oh lord again. I have been in a huge traffic jam when I was a kid, but it was on our way to our holiday destination, the reason was a strike/blockade by angry truckers and when they saw my exhausted parents, with three kids on the backseat, one of them being a sleeping baby, they let us pass. That’s a whole different story. What if you cannot escape and you do have a (not) sleeping baby in the backseat? FOR SEVEN HOURS?
Maybe I should stop driving any place with a child in my car.