Friday, January 15, 2010

A Disney ride home strikes me down

An excellent time away from home enjoying friends and family, while discovering new places, is the best way to describe the recent holidays.

I felt relaxed to be away from all of the happenings of normal daily life. My children were surrounded by constant playmates, and they had fun. I didn't have to cook unless I wanted to, I didn't have to do dishes unless I wanted to (and of course I did to keep peace in the family since we were all staying together); I could read all I wanted, and I did as I gazed out of our room overlooking the sound. Ahhh. A well deserved vacation...and then we took the plane ride home.

When the airline called for anyone with small children to board the plane early, a majority of the crowd started to head towards the gate. The thought that I could not keep from running through my mind went, "At least my child will not be the only one making noise or screaming on the plane." No one would be able to blame all the noise on my family in row 19. We wouldn't be the only ones receiving nasty glances from the people trying to sleep or enjoy their books or just wanting a peaceful trip to where-ever they were going. No, this would be a noisy plane ride. I didn't plan to sleep anyway.

As we began to board someone said, "Is this the flight to Disneyland or what?". Pretty darn close.

One baby cried the whole way. I felt bad for those parents, trying to juggle a newborn and two toddlers. The little boy behind us peeked between the seats to try and see the movie we put on the computer, until the battery died. Other kids screamed and made distracting noises or played with loud video games, making for a regular nursery right on the plane.

My little boy dropped fruit snacks in the seat and I, unknowing, sat in them; which then caused the snacks to melt on the seat and my pants. Between my kids and all the others on the plane eating snacks and ripping up magazines, I'm sure the plane had more than an extra bag of trash scattered about the cabin and stuffed into interesting places. I felt bad for the people who had to clean up that plane.

Despite the fact that we did not land at Disneyland, all children and parents on the plane were ready to get off and get on with their journeys.

However, like a nursery, a germ was passed around, I'm sure. We came home and were sick for over a week- leaving my blog neglected and New Year's resolutions unthought-of.

At least I didn't have to clean up that plane! / CC BY 2.0
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