I would guess just about every parent has heard that refrain. Our little "offsprings" will ask the question as soon as we put the car in reverse and start backing out of the driveway.
Of course voicing it once during the trip to grandma's or Great Adventures, or "the shore" or the ice cream shop down the street doesn't suffice. As everyone knows, the phrase has to be repeated consistently and continuously because each repetition magically shortens the distance between point A and point B.
Our children will only ask the question when and if they believe that the place they are going to is better than the place they came from. You'd never hear little Johnny ask you the question if you were driving him to the principal's office for a conference on his "inability to play well with others" or to grandma's house for dinner and her special broccoli casserole.
That ride would be suspiciously quite, so much so that you would have to glance at the back seat every now and then just to make sure he hasn't jumped out...yet.
Of course our eventual heirs aren't the only one's to ask, "Are we there yet?"
We ask the same question only we use far more adult and sophisticated words. Words like, " What's the ETA on this trip?" "Are we going to get there in time to make our connecting flight?" "My GPS has us at the halfway mark" and of course the famous "Is there a rest room on the way?"
I guess that means that expectation is part of our nature. We are always looking to be in a better place in the future. We are always looking for the end of the journey sometimes before we even start it.
I don't think that is particularly bad, in fact it probably has some good points.
At times hope is the only thing that keeps us going. If there was never a chance for things to get better we would just give up trying to do many of the things that make us unique.
Why cure sickness or eliminate poverty or hunger or ignorance?
Why strive to be healthier or kinder or more understanding and tolerant?
Why try to make the world and ourselves better if we didn't believe, deep in our hearts that we could actually do those things.
That's why we should keep asking, regardless of our age.
Lets hope we never stop!