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The Slice

The dirty little secret of summer road trips

It may have come to your attention that not everyone grew up in Ozzie and Harriet-esque families.

Parents did not always get along like Ward and June Cleaver. Sometimes they expressed this disenchantment with one another at the top of their lungs.

So if you find yourself in a group conversation about summer vacation road trips of childhood, you might notice that one or two quiet listeners have slightly pained looks on their faces.

This might be because, in some families, a few of the most memorable Mom vs. Dad title bouts took place in the front seat of the family truckster as you all headed to Wally World or wherever.

What fun.

There's not a damn thing that's amusing about those searing memories of being trapped in a blistering cage match with two momentarily crazy people. It did, however, have the effect of filling kids with a quiet resolve to not be like that when they grew up and had their own families.

Of course, sometimes that's easier said than done. But at least today's kids have headphones that they can crank up.

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