Traveling for the Holidays

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

I have a love hate relationship with driving. Sometimes I love to drive, other times I can barely go five minutes in a car without going crazy. This holiday season I will be driving a lot. None of our family lives within 15 minutes of us and so that means that we all load up in the Toyota hybrid and trek across Illinois and Indiana.

Today I am off with my family to my aunt Judy’s house. To be honest this is one of my favorite place to go for the holidays. We only see her on Christmas, so it makes this day very special to spend time with her and my uncle. There are a couple of other reasons why I love going to my aunt Judy’s house.

1) The food is awesome. She cooks so much food that when it is time for dinner that night you are not eating left over ham, you are eating stuff that you missed at lunch because she made so much.

2) My Uncle always has a pipe in his mouth. I do not know what it is, maybe it is the pearl snap shirts or the cowboy boots, but my uncle is a mans man and I love seeing him sit there with a pipe in his mouth watching football and telling jokes.

3) All my Mom’s side of the family comes. This is round 1 of seeing my Mom’s side of the family. We will see them again in a couple of weeks but it is fun to get to hang with them for a day and watch College football and play rob your neighbor (you every play that game?)

These are 3 great reasons why I love going to my Aunt Judy’s house, but the best reason of all is what takes place after lunch…BINGO! That is right all the grandkids gather around the table and Aunt Judy calls out the numbers while we search frantically to find O 62 (my favorite bingo call).

You have to understand something about my mom’s side of the family. Up until about 5 years ago I was the only male grandchild. There was about 8 girls that followed me. I was the first and last male until Isaiah came along. But he is still a youngin and is more interested in playing with the dog then Bingo. This presents itself as a problem. When you get a Bingo you get a prize. Not really a problem right? Well, the prizes all consist of the most girly candles, hand lotion, pot holder, and popuri that you can think of. But that does not stop me, I show no mercy and I win those things for my mom. I look at it this way, the more I win the less Christmas shopping I have to do. This is one drive that I enjoy taking.

What is your favorite place to go for the holidays?


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I create websites, conversations, and ideas. Advocate for the 20 somethings. Looking to connect everyone to a mentor. Married to my best friend, Ginny. I like my coffee black and my dog Jack. I currently live in Nashville and work at Sony Music/Provident in Nashville