Kim Hays (6/30, FYI,”Kids and travel: A survival guide”) suggested that those vacationing by car should invest in a portable DVD player. I couldn’t disagree more.
My family has been taking long car trips (10-plus hours) since I was three weeks old, all without a DVD player. My siblings and I bonded while playing games such as the license plate game and the billboard ABC’s game. I feel like I am a better person for it.
Several years ago we were visiting Yellowstone. After a full day of seeing fabulous sights, we went to dinner. When we asked a young child near us what they had seen that day, the reply was “.‘Finding Nemo,’ ‘Little Mermaid’ ...” What a pity! This child was oblivious to the wonderful scenery and sights of such a unique area.
Members of this generation are learning nothing if they don’t pay attention to the world around them. DVD players are not the answer. By the way, I am 17 years old.