Who among you remembers the “Sunday Drive?” This is a question that might be generational.
When I was growing up, the Sunday Drive was a popular family activity. Everyone piled into the car, and we just… drove. Where? I have no memories of a destination. We just drove, and then we came home.
I was curious about this memory so turned to Google and searched: “Why did families take Sunday Drives?” This is what Wikipedia had to say:
A Sunday drive is an automobile trip, primarily in the United States and Australia, typically taken for pleasure or leisure on a Sunday, usually in the afternoon. During the Sunday drive, there is typically no destination and no rush…The idea was that the automobile was not used for commuting or errands, but for pleasure.
So I was right. There WAS no destination in mind.
But last Sunday, when my friend Mary was visiting from Oklahoma, I found myself suggesting a Sunday Drive. I even used that phraseology, although those words hadn’t come to mind for decades. As I looked out the window at the beautiful blue sky and white fluffy clouds and felt the energy of Spring, it just seemed like the right thing to do. I, however, had a destination in mind.
The first 45 minutes of the drive to my son’s house is on a small, winding, 2-lane country road. It is a beautiful drive, showcasing rolling green pastures, and small creeks. It just goes on for miles and miles, with nothing but beauty on each side of the road. I wanted to share that with Mary, so we piled into the car and started driving. Halfway through the drive, I parked at the side of the road. We rolled our windows down and listened….and “heard” silence. Every now and then the song of a bird would break into the tranquility, but it was welcomed. It was just so very peaceful.
As a child, I think I would have remembered Sunday Drives like this.
We decided Sunday Drives called for no make-up and no hair-primping….
Did your family take Sunday Drives? Do you remember where you went? I’m curious. Please share your experiences in the Comment section!