What my Dad taught me : Maps

What do Dad’s do? Many things, one of which is teach you things. The more I reflect on him, the more I see things in my life where he has had an impact. So welcome to the start of my little series.

 

I am cycling around London, with my headphones in and google maps telling me where to turn, often speaking to early, or too late on turning, but thankfully I have a good sense of direction, and checked the map out before I left.

One of the things my father and I did a lot of was go travelling, well driving around the country. I have vivid memories of driving down small A road in the highlands with the big old school roadmaps.

These were the days where a satnav cost an arm and a leg and where about 3 inches deep with a 2-inch screen. Not forgetting the fact that the big road maps cost over a tenner, and I swear I saw one the other day for only 99p! But I digress.

I would quiz him about what road signs mean, what it means for different coloured cats eyes, why there are 2 straight lines and not dotted in the centre of the road, you catch my drift.  But I always loved to follow our route on a map, and suggest other routes to take. It still baffles me how ‘adults’ can chat away about the M25-this to the A1- that to the M6 and you are there. Like how do people know that all from the top of their heads! Also, I say adults but its probably because I can’t drive, still a whole new world (that my Dad won’t get to see me explore).

My Dad taught me how to read a map and I got my love of maps from there. Every time I look at a map I will always be transported to sitting in the car twisting that physical map in my hand to the turns of the road. In my father’s safe, once capable hands.

Please follow and like us:

Leave a Reply

Your e-mail address will not be published. Required fields are marked *