It can be odd how memories are triggered.
Over on Tots100 there is a competition with Jolly Journeys asking for tips for keeping children entertained on long car journeys.
As a child I remember several car trips, from Kent, to London with my cousins Sammy and Hugh, one or two of my aunts and I think once my Grandmother.
Sammy, as he called was then (when he grew older he became known as Sam), was about 18 months older than me, Hugh about 15 months younger. We would pile into the back of our Aunt Sally’s car, (Sally is really a Hermonie, but known to family as Sally) for the drive to London.
I think I can remember three outings, there possibly might have been more; one to see the Woman in Black, one where we went to a puppet play in French, possibly at the Polka Theatre in Wimbledon, where I did not have a clue what was going on apart from the fact the main character was an animal, maybe a bear called Pamplemousse, and I remember a visit to a museum, but have no idea which or when, but know that our Aunt Martha was with us.
On the way through the suburbs of London we would play a game of pub cricket, a run for each leg in the pub name, and a wicket if there were no legs. Inevitably it led to arguments. Just how many horses did the coach have? And how many coachman and passengers? Was the king’s head still attached to his body? Did the plough have a ploughman and oxen?
Once when discussing which pub names would carry the most runs Sam, who was then obsessed with fact and figures, thought for a moment and replied “The Population of China”.
Tragically Sam died a few years ago of a brain tumour, I hugely miss him, but do enjoy the memories that are triggered in the most unlikely of ways. I think I need to teach his children how to play pub cricket when on a journey. Sam loved cricket, beer and had just retrained to be a maths teacher before his illness. What better game to pass on?
This is a slightly unjolly entry for the Jolly Journeys competition in association with Travel Supermarket and Tots 100. For more tips check out Travel Supermarket’s car hire page.