Look at this, though. As a parent, this is absolute gold. Gold, I tell you!
Grace was positively giddy to see her brother and sister again. And they were thrilled to have her back, too. As I watched them hug each other, I couldn't help but think of Becky's post from yesterday about siblings: how they will be each other's longest relationships, that they'll know each other in ways no one else will. That there's such a potential for rich friendship there. Lord, help us not to screw this up.
Well. Before I get all verklempt on you, I have to tell you something that happened on the plane. But first I'd like to preface it by saying these things: What the? People are--. I can't even--. Okay.
We've travelled a lot our children. Like, a lot. At least 5 overseas trips and countless domestic flights around the US. The technical term for people like us is, I think, Gluttons for Punishment, or maybe Total Idiots. But that aside, Jason and I both are extremely conscientious about how our kids behave on planes. To the best of our abilities, we try to keep them quiet, contented, and entertained--all while striving to create the least amount of disturbance possible. I should have some kind of graduate degree in Carry-on Bag Packing For Toddlers. I can say that without bragging because I've been on enough flights with others who aren't as careful with their kids to know that it's just the truth, straight up. Of course, that doesn't mean our kids are perfect on long flights. Far from! But we try. And what else can you do, amirite?
Anyway, Jason and Grace had been on the flight for a couple of hours. It was well past midnight LA time, but she hadn't gone to sleep yet. He said that she was happy, though. They were chatting back and forth, and she was watching a movie. He said she made one loud sound--a happy exclamation at some point--but that was it. He was just trying to keep her calm and occupied until she would finally fall asleep.
So the girl in front of them turns around to Jase. He said she was younger, maybe in her early 20s. She looks at him and says, "Um, we're gonna try to sleep now. So if you could please keep the noise down."
Jason is telling me the story this morning and I am all, "No. She. Did. Not." And he's like, "Oh, she did!" "What did you say?", I said, "Did you punch her? Did you punch her in the throat?" (Probably, people in my line of work aren't supposed to think or say things like that. But I is what I is.)
He said to her, "Excuse me?" He said he kind of laughed, it caught him so off guard. Like, "Oh, why didn't I just think of this before? I can just have my 2 year old be quiet! Gosh, thanks for the tip, clueless twit!" Then he said to her, "Look. She's 2 years old. If all she does is make that little noise and talk, we will be very, very lucky. Turn around and mind your own business." (Okay he didn't say that last part. But I'm pretty sure the meaning was conveyed.)
So again I say: What the? People are! I can't even! I have kind of a temper about things like this, so it's probably a good thing it wasn't me on that plane. But unfortunately I never think of the right thing to say at the right time, so I would've spent the rest of the flight stewing about it!
But no matter! They're home now and all is well. But would you think less of me if I told you that I kind of CANNOT WAIT till that chick is making her first trans-oceanic flight with a toddler? Pop some popcorn!
--P.S. I'm not sure why Blogger is putting all these giant spaces between my paragraphs. Sorry for all the gratuitous scrolling required.