When my children were little, we lived in Beijing, China for two years, and had to do quite a bit of traveling to get back to the States. Looking back, I don't know how I did it. I had a 6 year old, 4 year old, and a 1 year old. My husband couldn't leave when I did, so I had to bring 3 kids home alone! That may not sound too hard, but it involved about 14 hours of plane travel, not to mention countless hours in airports waiting for our next flight. My kids were tired of being cooped up, and were just plain tired from the time change. I tried to plan games and toys to keep them occupied, but it was a very tiring and patience trying time for me.
I have one vivid memory of dragging our carry-on luggage, while carrying my baby. I looked up to see my 4 year old son jumping over other people's luggage. There was a chalkboard with wheels, and he promptly ran over and began pushing it all around. Luckily, I had brought a child's harness with me, so I put it on him so I could keep him on leash. Some parents might think it demeaning to use a harness on a child. But I had seen that child run from me once, and head directly to an elevator. He went inside, and the doors shut. He went up, but I couldn't tell if he got off the elevator, and had no idea which floor he would land on. I didn't know what to do, but finally decided to wait by the elevator door. Sure enough, he rode it all the way back down, and I was able to corral him. So this is why I resorted to a harness.
A couple of humorous things did happen. My son was pushing a button on his arm rest. Click, click, click click. "Mom, what is this button for?" Me: "Um, you need to stop pushing that, because it tells the stewardess to come." A few minutes went by. "Mom, I keep pushing the button, but the stewardess isn't coming." oops...
Then when we were having our lunch, my son took the small creamer cup and opened it up. "Hey look Mom, MILK!" He promptly drank the small mouthful. :)
I used to really like to go to airports. My husband travelled a lot, and I used to love it when I had to take him to the airport. That love of airports ended after being stuck in them for hours at a time. I still love to travel, but I love the arrival much more than the actual travelling.
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