Nothing Like A Family Road Trip

Nothing like a family road trip…

Nothing Like A Family Road Trip

A Long Road

Nothing like a family road trip.

My children start out with a back flip

to focus energy

a parents final plea

before our patience begins to slip.


So when Dad begins loading our gear

the children run in circles and cheer

let’s get out of town

and replace our frown

with a chance for our minds to be clear.


The first hour in car we just rest

as we slowly move away from nest

driving off to see world

Road Atlas is unfurled

as we drive to the horizon’s crest.


In new towns we make stops as we go

sometimes catching a museum show

to see how they live

with a dollar to give

but mostly Dad needs his cup of Joe.


First half of journey is a dream

as we work together as a team

passing around car snacks

hidden in our backpacks

running at rest stops to work of steam.


Then the ride takes a turn for the worse

when the driver has begun to curse,

out comes every complaint,

not one child is a saint,

praying for the quiet of a hearse.


The oldest has decided to play

how long can loud annoying sounds stay

the middle is poking

our youngest whose crying

when sun comes through most of the day.


We are happy to be back home

we will wait till next summer to roam

it seems one trip a year

will have to do I fear

a family vacation syndrome.

Jamie Lee Hamann
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Jamie Lee Hamann

My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I have a passion for writing short fiction and poetry. I started writing for TCE around 2015 and since then I have finished seven collections of poetry and plans for more. I currently live in Lemmon Valley NV with my family. If you desire to find my other work on the internet feel free to stop by my website The website offers articles on poetry, poems, and links to all my other writing.

8 thoughts on “Nothing Like A Family Road Trip

  • March 17, 2019 at 12:14 PM

    That must be an exciting trip but what makes it wonderful is family’s companionship and love. I enjoyed reading it.

  • March 17, 2019 at 1:52 PM

    Sounds alot like my family trips. I’m the driver cursing. But my.oldest is usually buried in a video game while the 2 youngests are fighting. I can usually make it 2 to 3 hours before flipping out . Lol. Nice work Jamie.

  • March 17, 2019 at 5:06 PM

    Love this and it made me smile. Always a challenge when traveling with little ones.

  • March 23, 2019 at 8:58 PM

    Thank you Yasmine, Paul, and Rasma for your kind words. It truly is an adventure when we take off on our road trips. Jamie

  • March 23, 2019 at 9:45 PM

    Oh, how I remember family road trips. Now it is just my wife and I, it seems so peaceful, but also easier to fall asleep. An enjoyable read Jamie.

  • March 24, 2019 at 8:19 AM

    The falling asleep part is certainly true. Last night they all climbed into my bed throughout the night and I found myself on the couch this morning. All in good fun.. Jamie

  • July 5, 2019 at 10:43 AM

    Marvelous. I miss it. Growing up – NO nonsense. As a parent I love the jostling. Crazy I think.
    Thank you for the road tripping

  • July 7, 2019 at 8:45 AM

    Your welcome Eric. I think I need to come up with some more fun family limericks. Jamie


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