So, I waited until I had more than 48 hours between doctor appointments, loaded up most of my children (the ones who were willing to travel with a half-sick, depressed mother), and all of my medical supplies, and we hit the road. We decided to head north and escape the unbearably hot temperatures that have been our lot for the past few weeks. As we drove, we watched the temperature steadily drop, and when it hit 79 degrees, cheering could be heard all across the minivan.
“Let’s get out and feel how cool it is!” my 5-year-old suggested. And so we did.
Sitting on the shores of Lake Huron was not at all what the doctor ordered, but it certainly has been very good medicine. It is immensely more therapeutic than sitting on the couch watching reruns of Friends for eight weeks straight. The kids are frolicking in the water and working up appetites that are perfectly satiated with Pasties and fudge. In fact, everything about upper Michigan is looking really good right now, except for the fact that it is right next to Canada. Years ago, I had a run-in with Canadian border patrol, and I’m a little leery of getting too close again.
For the record, just because you are allowed to cross the border without a passport, that doesn’t mean they will let you come back home without one. And if your only proof that your children belong to you is a family picture on your digital camera, those children may or may not end up in Canadian foster care.
Suffice it to say, we are staying well below the border even though the signs to Sault Ste. Marie are beckoning from every angle.
When this article goes to print, I will be back in the sweltering cornfields of Indiana, and hubby should be safely tucked into an economy seat in the screaming children section of the plane. I have a full pound of Rocky Road fudge that I’m saving just for him; but, if he gets bumped to first again, I’m pretty sure it will be gone by the time he arrives home. Chocolate always makes a difficult road a little less rocky.
Ginger is an author, speaker and mother of five. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.gingertruitt.com.