The Wienermobile: A Vehicle for Family Bonding
posted by: Amber Johnson
I get to do a lot of cool things through my job such as the time my family got an all-access pass at Disneyland or when we got an exclusive tour of the National Museum of Natural History.
OK, so may we didn’t actually do these things but we recently experienced something equally as life-altering:
My family rode in the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile.
My first encounter with this 27-foot-long hot dog on wheels was last summer when I rode “shotbun” at a blogging conference in Chicago. I stayed in touch with the publicists via Twitter and was delighted to hear it would be visiting a King Soopers near my house.
As an FYI, there are six Wienermobiles that travel the nation extolling the virtues of processed meat (and making middle-aged women’s dreams come true). At most events, the Wienermobile’s doors remain closed to prevent wear and tear but the PR reps told me if we arrived at the end of the shift, we could get a ride.
I recruited 5-year-old Hadley but she was a naysayer.
“How can we ride in a giant hot dog, Mommy?”
Screw Disneyland. The Wienermobile is where the impossible becomes a reality.
Hadley and I arrived on schedule and we were welcomed by Wiernermobile staffers Adam and Crystal. We transported Haddie’s booster seat, put on her “meatbelt,” looked up at the “bunroof” and were on our way.
“Where to?” Adam queried.
“Any chance we could drive by my house so my husband can see it? We live less than a mile away!”
He responded affirmatively and I immediately called Jamie. “YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS THIS SO GET OUTSIDE NOWWWW.”
We arrived a few minutes later to father and son waiting on the curb in anticipation. They were delighted when Adam offered them a ride as well. As Jamie raced to get Bode’s car seat, I peeked around hoping for even one curious neighbor to witness my metamorphosis from geek to chic.
The street was abandoned.
In the end, it didn’t matter. We cruised around, “ketch(ing)up” on all the Wienermobile news. As corny as it was, it was one of the great bonding moments in our wacky family history and a reminder that sometimes the most valuable moments are not extravagant trips to Disneyland.
But rather simple ones we can truly “relish” together.
What was the last activity when your family really bonded, big or small?