After a long stretch of not having to join my neighbors in the daily task known as commuting, I was thrust into the driver seat transporting my son to a new school. The drive itself should be fairly simple, just a few exits down the freeway. Total drive 10.6 miles for a 17 minute trip according to Google maps. Imagine my surprise when I discovered the fallacy of the internet! The drive to school took four times as long. I began to wonder how I could better utilize my morning drive time.
I have been practicing the discipline of silence. It is a great way to center yourself and have time with God. While driving alone, this is easy...no radio, just you and your thoughts. Add a passenger and the dynamic changes. You feel an obligation to communicate.
I attempted conversation with my son. I asked questions; he responded with one word answers. After ten minutes, we were done. Fifty minutes more to drive!
I tried listening to music. My guilty pleasure is classic rock. Roxanne by the Police was the first to play. After my son asked me to explain the song, I knew this was not the best option.
I considered listening to my audio Bible. Get my daily reading while driving sounded great. Each daily track is less than 20 minutes long...perfect for Google time, not so good for real time.
At the end of the first week, I am still perplexed. I am open to suggestions! In the mean time, classic books on tape will fill the time. First book, Lord of the Flies!