If you were given two choices as a parent, which would you choose?

  • Take a long car ride with your children.
  • Get your teeth pulled out with a pair of rusty pliers and no painkiller. 

Most parents might ask some questions before answering.

  • Are there video games or a DVD player in the car?
  • Do they have something to read?
  • How many kids are we talking about?
  • Is there 3-inch-thick, soundproof, bulletproof glass between us?

What if there were no distractions and only one child during a calm drive through the country?

Stop laughing, that could really happen.

In fact, it did happen recently when Middle Son and I were returning from an hour-long library visit. As we passed under the changing leaves on the county road, his voice broke the sound of the tires on the uneven road.

“Mom?”

“Hmm?”

“You know what I think the most destructive thing in the world is?”

Monster trucks? A fight-to-the-death between Bizarro and Superman? All of the Oreos being plucked from the world by chocolate-loving aliens?

“What?”

“Regret.”

Wow. That was really deep. He’s going to go places someday. Maybe I will get that red Jeep I’ve always wanted when he’s famous. “Regret?”

“Yeah, that or sugar.”

Nevermind.