I’ve been off the internet for most of the summer. Contrary to the rest of the world, we have done more traveling this summer than usual. One trip for a family issue, one trip never cancelled, and one trip within our own country that had been planned because we assumed all other trips wouldn’t happen.
But the biggest trip this summer has been the guilt trip for leaving!
Though I like to say we helped other countries’ tourism economy. Someone needed to get to Italy and drink that wine! We were just helping out.
Once again, we are changing planes today in Switzerland….. wait, I’m sorry Switcher-land, as my 8-yr old insists it’s called.
We changed planes here a couple of years ago and he misunderstood the name of the country, though it made quite a bit of sense at the time.
Since then, I’ve been trying to convince him of the right name, but it’s really hard to do when all we ever do is switch planes there. And today isn’t helping with my argument.
So greetings from Switcher-land!
…or duet, in my kids’ case.
Today we are sending our kids on their first flight alone to visit their grandparents. Luckily, it’s only a 30 minute flight and they are experienced enough with trips that I think they will do fine. They are 7 and 10.
I was around 19 the first time I flew alone. I flew to Cleveland, Ohio from Houston. I had a wonderful time! I was invited to the back of the plane and got to do the end-flight landing announcements. I put on my best flight attendant voice, “Ladies and gentlemen, the captain has turned on the seatbelt sign. Please fasten your seatbelts and we hope you’ve had a pleasant journey.”
I actually got a bit of applause from my fellow passengers. I wonder if my kids will get the same opportunity. Maybe it’s different with a 7 and 10 year old. I imagine they would sing the Pokemon theme song and then head back to their seats. I bet they would get applause too though.