chapter one “Thank God It’s Monday

“Work and play are words used to describe the same thing under differing conditions.”

—Mark Twain

Anyone who has ever taken a car trip with a medium to large family has experienced (or at least heard of) that moment when Mom or Dad has to turn and say, “Don’t make me stop this car and come back there.”

Well, why not? For starters, it’s raining so hard outside that the wipers can’t quite keep up, and the driver, Dad, can barely see—he couldn’t get to sleep after pouring over maps with too many cups of coffee until way past midnight. Mom is just starting to imagine she left the backdoor unlocked, forgot to stop the mail, and…did she leave the oven on? The air in the vehicle feels and smells stuffy, even though ...

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