Life’s A Journey, Not A Destination

2 years, 7 months.

Dear Jack,

This week I introduced Mommy to a 25 year-old movie called Rain Man, starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman.

It’s one of those movies where, now that I’ve seen it for the 3rd time, I realize that it’s actually one of my favorite movies.

I mentioned to Mommy some of the similarities between Rain Man and The Guilt Trip , starring Barbara Streisand and Seth Rogen; another movie we both really like.

And then it hit me… most of my favorite movies are “road movies.”

A road movie is a film genre in which main characters travel across the country (or at least the state) motivated by some random plot device; during which they learn to overcome their differences in personalities and communication styles.

The characters involved typically find themselves rewarded by the end of the movie; most of all because of their shared personal experiences and character development. In other words, they become better people because of the road trip.

Ultimately, they prove that life’s a journey, not a destination.

(Just to name a few more examples of my favorite road movies… Dumb And Dumber, Planes, Trains, & Automobiles, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Little Miss Sunshine, and Sideways.)

On a similar note, Mommy and I have been totally psyching you up for this weekend. Friday is our 5th wedding anniversary and we’re celebrating it by…

Taking you on a 2 and a half hour road trip from Nashville, TN to Louisville, KY!

We’ve got you so excited/slightly confused as we keep telling you about the fold-out couch you’ll be sleeping on:

“Jack, do you want to sleep on your own special ‘big boy bed’ at the hotel in Louisville?”

Not to mention, our zoo membership is recognized there too, so visiting the zoo ultimately becomes the plot device for our little road trip.

You’re hoping to see camels and bears.

For me, this is really fun. I’m already cracking up at the thought of you sleeping on a fold-out couch in a hotel in Louisville.

That’s something I adore about you:

Here Mommy and I have hyped up this trip for the past couple of weeks and you don’t even know what a hotel is, or Louisville, or a fold-out couch.

Yet, your eyes light up at the thought of it all.

I think you’re going to do great on your first real road trip. It’s all about the journey, anyway.

 

Love,

Daddy

 

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