In the past, it’s been a common phrase to ask “Are we there yet?” as you’re waiting for someone else to arrive. Today, with advancements in technology and travel being so easy now, those words have lost their meaning. It is still used today but its original meaning has been forgotten about.
“Are We There Yet?” is a popular children’s book series. It has been adapted into a movie, television show, and video game. The “are we there yet” trope is used in many other books and movies as well. Read more in detail here: are we there yet series.
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As the father of four adult children, I recall the days of extended road journeys, which were generally the consequence of another military change of duty station. They almost invariably entailed cross-country endurance tours, coast-to-coast or abroad jobs, rather than short flights. These were often added on to a prior cross-country trip. The small voice of at least one child asking, “Are we there yet?” was a daily refrain, especially since we were all crammed into a mini-van stuffed to the gills with luggage and our Labrador Retriever squeezed between the back-seat and our front seats, occasionally attempting to hang her head out the window as far as possible without falling out of the car. She must have caught a few thousand bugs in her teeth throughout the years of touring with our family circus, so she had a thing for them.
My eldest son was in his precocious period, and he never missed an occasion to torture his two younger sisters, once by putting a tiny jar of trapped beetles in their hair while we were driving, causing massive mayhem and shouts of anger from his sisters. Naturally (not)! My response as we drove was subdued! Those were the “good old days,” and I miss them terribly.
My eldest son was calmed down by his extensive military duty; he was a Navy Corpsman and was assigned to the Marines for the most of his active service and now works in law enforcement. My two youngest daughters are nurses, and my eldest daughter is a mother to two precocious boys. She’s going through a rerun of her youth, although this time she’s generally one step ahead of her son’s exploits, having gone through the trials of having an elder brother.
The yearly custom of travelling Vermont and New Hampshire in magnificent technicolor in the Fall, stopping at old country shops and roadside booths to pick pumpkins, gourdes, and other Fall accoutrements when the kids were exactly the right age, gives some of the greatest memories. We resided in military quarters on a hillside circular housing estate named Oak Hill at a now-closed facility called Fort Devens. It was densely wooded all around and in between, with oaks and a variety of broad-leaved trees that drop their leaves naturally in profusion. Raking leaves was a must since everyone who has served in the military knows how much Army Generals despise leaves on the ground; I mean, they despise leaves on the ground! Even if the leaves hadn’t all fallen yet, failing to rake them by the scheduled day was a sin that may result in fire and damnation, or worse, a letter from the post housing authority citing 14 pages of laws and policies as to why the leaves had to be raked by the given date.
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This resulted in several unique scenarios as well as a great deal of labor. On our property, there were so many oak trees that two or three leaf heaps 12′ long, 6′ high, and similarly broad were the usual. My kids would always rush and jump joyously upon the mounds as soon as I had them piled up in the front yard and started working on the backyard. My girls would scream and rush inside the house when I told them, “Oh, folks, I haven’t cleaned up the dog dirt yet, and some of it was probably in the leaf heaps.” My eldest kid, on the other hand, who is impervious to all forms of filth, just proceeded to belly flop in the leaves. It’s presumably why, with repeated missions to the mud-Marines, he felt so at ease and warmly recalls the experience. Even now, he sleeps on dog beds; our two Labrador Retrievers don’t seem to mind sharing space with him.
I have wonderful recollections of a few more events that had an impact on my girls in particular. I came upon baled hay rolls coated in white plastic while travelling through New Hampshire on a Saturday afternoon. I quickly pointed them out to my girls as ‘hey people, look, a Marshmellow farm!’ for some reason. With a father’s straight face, I then described how they grew on big bushes, were gathered and wrapped up to be sliced up into mini marshmallows, and sold in shops. Everything was well until my eldest daughter was in fifth grade and began telling her classmates about how marshmallows were harvested and processed. I’m not sure she’s forgiven me for that one yet.
Then there was the day I took my kids on a trip in the highlands of Fort Huachuca, Arizona, on a January morning in search of Ice Snakes (which can be seen through)… However, it was another tale from the past for which I am grateful. Thanksgiving greetings!
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“Are We There Yet?” is a popular children’s book. The book was first published in 1991, and has been translated into over 50 languages. In the book, a bear and a raccoon are on their way to see the Great Bear Lake from the top of Canada’s Rocky Mountains. Reference: are we there yet cast 2021.
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