Landmarks on the way home

Jane finds it hard to stay awake on our drive home from Charlottetown. We're about 10 minutes outside of town -- just long enough for the lull of the car to put her out.

ALERT! THIS MUST NOT HAPPEN. IF JANE NAPS FOR ANY AMOUNT OF TIME, SHE BECOMES AN INTOLERABLE BEAR FOR THE REST OF THE DAY.

We've tried many things. Mostly, we shout, "Don't go to sleep, Jane!"

Leave it to Jane to devise a solution to her own problem. She has found a series of landmarks along Route 2 which she anticipates with glee, and announces at the top of her lungs when she spots them.

1. "Marshmallow farm!" (a field of hay which has been baled and wrapped in white plastic)

2. "Sleepy cows!" (a field of Black Angus cattle, who always seem to be laying down)

3a) "Llama farm! Llamalamalamalamalamalama!" (a llama farm)

3b) "Llama farm! Ohhhh. No llamas today. Llamalamalamalamalama!" (sometimes the llamas aren't grazing in that field)

4. "Marshmallow farm!" (a second field of baled hay)

5. "Space church!" (A church with wood shingles painted red and grey, which give it an oddly futuristic look, especially the rocket-like steeple)

From here it's a three-minute drive to our house. Just long enough that us shouting usually gets the job done.

I must say, I occasionally shout "Llama farm!" when I'm driving by myself. (helps keep me awake)

7 comments:

JMac said...

we will shout Llamafarm often & loudly when we drive by - on our way to visit!!

Does Jane have a camera? She should make a little slideshow you can share with potential visitors!

Lisa said...

Lovely piece. Can just picture you driving solo - I believe we have all shouted our own version of Llama farm. I find myself humming "Sandwiches are beautiful, Sandwiches are fine. I love sandwiches, I eat them all the time" while making lunch.

Michael has been known to add a funky beat to Wheels on the Bus.

auntie said...

ohhh yeahhh!
Sandwiches are fiiiiine :-)

SharkBoy said...

I totally want to see a picture of that farm now...

Words Words said...

http://www.stonyfield.com/weblog/BovineBugle/HayBalesInPlastic2June2005.JPG

Marshmallow farm. Not the actual one, but as close as I could find on the interwebs.

- GI Joe - said...

I used to attend the rocket church here in Nova Scotia.

Their doctrine was a little too out there for me.

Teresa said...

Adorable story. Thanks for sharing. My little guy is also prone to falling asleep in the car and is also ever cranky afterward... good idea!