Travel Nerves

by Kay Lynn

LufthansaToday I’m flying to the Midwest to visit my mom, siblings and other family members. I’m nervous about the trip even though it’s one I’ve made many times over the years.

The difference is this time I have a travel companion. My grandson, Alex, is accompanying me. I’m thrilled and scared at the same time.

First there’s the travel part.  My husband and I have been discussing for weeks the pros and cons of taking a stroller ad naseum. Or maybe it was just me talking and he had it endure my internal debate.  (I decided not to for such a short trip.)

Then there’s the changing planes part of the trip.  Is it going to be a long walk between gates.  Will he be cooperative? Will I be able to go to the bathroom without him running off?

I worry about the challenge of mealtimes.  I’m not used to thinking about a child’s preferences or ability to chew. What if he doesn’t like anything?  I guess he won’t let himself starve and I have a big stash of animal crackers.

I hope Alex stays entertained on the flight.  Attention spans at this age are extremely short and we’re in a confined space with a bunch of other people who don’t want to be there.

Twenty some years ago I traveled alone with two small children; Alex’s uncle and dad who were 1 and 6 years old at the time.  We even had a three hour layover.  I never gave that trip a second thought.

I guess I’m just out of practice.

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Jackie February 18, 2011 at 10:27 am

Hope your flight and trip go well 🙂

Money Reasons February 20, 2011 at 4:38 am

I think it’s great that your thinking of these things before the occur! Sounds like you are identifying potential snags and ironing them out in advance.

Have a great trip!

Kay Lynn February 22, 2011 at 5:36 am

@Jackie, thanks I am back and it wasn’t too bad but I learned tips for next time.

@ Money Reasons, good point. Experience does teach forethought!

Dr Dean February 20, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Have a safe/fun trip. It will all go well!

Little House February 20, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Have a great time! I’m sure it will all come back to you – parenting skills that is. 😉

[email protected] February 20, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Part of the reasons you may have been more nervous now could be that a) you are now aware of more things that CAN go wrong and b) it’s different being responsible for a grandchild – as opposed to your own child and you hit c) on the nose – I think we DO get out of practice, but as Little House says, it does come back!

Hope the trip was great – the weather in the mid-west sure was!

uggs February 20, 2011 at 9:57 pm

Have a great trip!

Kay Lynn February 22, 2011 at 5:39 am

@Dr Dean, thanks for the well wishes.

@ Little House, my parenting skills came back and I have way more patience now!

@ Marie, great points. When I was younger, I’d just jump in without fear.

@ Uggs, thank you!

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