J is for Joy Ride

Carson in the Driver's Seat

When my first daughter was a baby and I couldn’t get her to sleep, I would put her in her infant seat and go for a drive. It didn’t take long, just a few minutes, really, and she was snoozing. I think this practice is frowned upon these days, but it worked for us.

Movement is naturally soothing to most of us. If it’s fast, like a roller coaster, it’s not comforting but exciting (unless you’re prone to motion sickness, of course).

Giant Dipper Sign

When I was growing up in Brooklyn, I loved when my dad said we were going for a drive on Sunday afternoon. It was all about going for The Ride, an adventure during which we could be sure he’d complain about all the “Sunday drivers”—of which, naturally, he was one. It didn’t matter where we went, although it usually was out of the city and into “the country” which meant Long Island or Jersey. Sometimes we went to the drive-in in Valley Stream, combining the best of several worlds.

I’ve been thinking of the things for which I’m grateful this morning, and simple pleasures head the list. So my wish for you today is that you recall something that made you happy when you were a kid: jumping rope, playing hopscotch, tossing a ball with a friend. If you can do that thing, do it. If not, take that feeling and delight in it.

And a very Happy Thanksgiving to all!


About Tricia Pimental

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Tricia Pimental's second memoir, A Movable Marriage, has received 5 Star reviews from both Epic Book Quest and Readers' Favorite. It's available on Amazon in both Kindle (amzn.to/1RtRBwp) and print (amzn.to/1OiGlUU) versions. She is also the author of two Royal Palm Literary Award Competition-honored books: Rabbit Trail: How a Former Playboy Bunny Found Her Way, and Slippery Slopes. Other work has appeared in International Living Magazine; A Janela, the quarterly magazine of International Women in Portugal; and anthologies compiled by the Florida Writers Association and the National League of American Pen Women. A member of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and a former Toastmaster, Ms. Pimental resides in Portugal. She can be reached at www.triciapimental.com and on Twitter @Tricialafille.
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5 Responses to J is for Joy Ride

  1. Pingback: J is for Joy Ride | My A to Z Blogging Challenge

  2. I like this idea – J – and your joy rides. Keeping in line with the letters and Thanksgiving, I recall jumping rope with friends. My brother and his friends would do the turning and my friends and I would do the jumping. Can’t do that these days, a bit hard on the knees. But thank you for the reminder of happy days of carefree fun.

  3. Just got off a Facetime call with my granddaughter. Talk about carefree fun!
    You can always grab a friend and swing the rope for Bob…
    Happy Thanksgiving to you both and all the fam, Ronnie.

  4. Ninette Bravo says:

    Thanks always for sharing your life!!!!  

       “Life isn’t about how to survive the storm, but how to DANCE IN THE RAIN!”

  5. And you, for all your beautiful FB photos. XO

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