I remember the big back seat feeling like a living room couch to me. Cars in the 1950's were big, Queen Mary Big! I think we had an Oldsmobile, I remember the air conditioning would freeze you out, so we always had the windows down on the hot summer days. Daddy would push out his wing glass to "cut the noise." We would drive out to Lake Springfield or East toward the Nixa Hills. I had to watch the road carefully, as I was a kid that got car sick easily. Once my tummy got upset, the trip was ruined.
Most of our drives would end at the Dairy Queen on Sunshine, but the trip before the ice cream was always an adventure! It was not an expensive outing, it was just the time together we spent as a family, talking and laughing.