Let’s call this family vacation what it really is…a mistake.
Okay fine, not a mistake, but not really a vacation either. The word vacation implies relaxation, sleeping in without thinking about an itinerary, lounging by the pool with a daiquiri in one hand and a book in the other, not the hectic, unpredictable madness that is traveling with small children. Yet, spring break is almost upon us and so is our first official family trip. Despite my complaining, I’m looking forward to sharing and making memories with my girls and their cousins, I’m just not looking forward to the amount of work it’s gonna be.
The thing I’m most nervous about is the actual traveling part, flying to be exact. We’ve never flown with our children and just the thought of it fills me with anxiety. I’m worried about entertaining them for five hours while we’re stuck in a huge flying contraption in the middle of the open sky over the wide Pacific ocean especially when I can’t hide in the bathroom like I do at home. It’s not like I can threaten to turn the plane around if they refuse to stop fighting and yelling.
On a recent trip without our kids (the only kind my husband and I usually take) there was a couple flying with a little boy. As they took their seats directly behind us (just my luck) the dad passed out bags of M&Ms to all the surrounding passengers. They knew their son would most likely have a meltdown at some point and wanted to make everyone smile with an unexpected treat. I’m a sucker for candy, so naturally their little plan worked on me. Plus, there was that whole “I’m a parent, you’re a parent” understanding going on. Plus, there was free wine. Again, another thing I’m a sucker for.
I hope that we have a few understanding parents seated next to us, ones who will be on our side if things start to go awry. But maybe I should stock up on some M&Ms (and also a few mini bottles of wine) just in case. Who am I kidding, I’ll have chugged all the wine before we even board the plane.
I know everything will work out fine and we’ll have an incredible, memorable trip with many laughs and uncountable smiles, and who knows, maybe it’ll become a tradition. But something tells me I’ll need a vacation from my “vacation” when it’s over.
2 thoughts on “Don’t Make Me Turn This Plane Around”
You are not the only one that needs a vacation away from the “vacation” lol. Love you sis. Have fun-ish
Helo, I just found your blog and I totally understand why you arr nervous about flying with your children.
I was so nervous before I took my one year old boys to Japan last month. the main flight was ten hours long… We apologized the passengers nearby in advance if there is any meltdown or screaming… but everyone was so understanding. They had sympathy for us for flying with such young children. Luckily the boys were fascinated with the touch screen (on the plane) and we had lots of snacks and toys to keep them happy… and there were some kids on the plane too, who sometimes were louder than ours so we didn’t feel too bad 😉
It is exhausting though… to try to entertain them for the whole plane ride… no bathroom or not much time to eat yourself… but its so worth it. The trip will be fun Im sure!!! 🙂 I hope everything will go well for you.