When my son asked me if I wanted to go to work with him for a day I didn’t hesitate. He has a lonely job that requires an immense amount of concentration, steady nerves, and patience. He is “The King of the Road”, a truck driver who wheels his way through the tight streets of Oslo every day.
King of the Road 4.10 meters high and 11 tons of steel
If you follow my blog you have heard me talk about him before.
My son who I call “The Actor” has a very busy life, so the chance to spend some time with him is something I treasure. His job as “King of the Road” makes for very long days but when he is finished with work he is involved in many projects. He is the leader for Rounen Events-Banzaicon, which is a convention for those interested in Asian pop culture. This year the convention in Larvik is expecting 500 guests and a crew of 100. He is also on the board of Larvik Theater and Utgard L.A.R.P. Live, responsible for technical support, lights and sound. He has worked several festivals and now he is joining a group of Renaissance musicians playing the Jews harp and guitar.
Climbing up a ladder into his truck, I fastened my seatbelt and waited in anticipation for him to turn the key. The sound of the engine was quieter than I expected but I could feel the power as we rolled our way out of the parking lot. We started the day picking up deliveries which consisted mostly of paper and organic products. His deliveries change every day so he never knows where he is going or what he is hauling. Sometimes his route is treacherous. The haul can be very heavy to handle and the roads can be very small and winding, with mountains on one side, and cliffs on the other. My daughter asked me while I was talking to her on the phone, “Has he scared you yet?” She had driven with him the week before and from what she told me, there were several times when she had to close her eyes and pray. I guess I got lucky that day because the only thing that made me nervous was that he would get a ticket for parking illegally while we went off to eat lunch in Oslo. Finding a parking place for a big truck is not an easy thing.
Trucker Momma for a day
At the end of the day, after all deliveries were made, I climbed out of the truck happy that I had spent the day with my son. When your children are little it is easy to take for granted the time you spend with them. I remember wondering if I would ever have any time to myself. Those years go by way too fast, and before you know it they have moved out, and the time you get to spend with them is limited. Time with your children is precious so grab it whenever you can.
What fun have you had with your child lately?