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Monday Minutes: Guns, Security, Flotation Devices and Snacks, aka Air Travel With James

Our wonderful (and rare) visit with family includes air travel since we are not willing to brave the 8+ hours on a train or in a car with the little ones yet, who are true New Yorkers and ask to be unbuckled within 30 minutes of every trip. Ironically, James would probably be easier to take in the car than trying to get through airport security (and onto the actual plane). Over the years, he’s overcome quite a bit of anxiety regarding take off and landing, and now even allows our window to be “open” to see outside on the plane. However, there are always those unexpected snags.

Like when we were passing through the (ridiculously slow and long) security line for Delta and James randomly blurts out, “Good thing we didn’t pack any guns!” “Shhhh! What are you talking about?!!” I admonished, horrified. But by then I was already being escorted out of line, wearing the baby, where my hands were swabbed for gun residue. Thanks, James.

On the plane ride home, my 20-month old rode as “Infant in Lap,” a designation we will milk until the day he turns two. Apparently there was an issue with how many oxygen masks and flotation devices were available at my assigned seat because as we taxied down the runway the flight attendants came over and told me I had to move. Though this was certainly unusual, Ryan and I switched seats without issue. A few minutes after take off, the flight attendant came back with an infant flotation device sealed in a plastic bag and spoke quietly to Ryan for a few minutes, presumably about how to use it in case of emergency. Again, a first for us but nothing we felt particularly alarmed about.

James, who is pleasant enough but still a little nervous about flying, obviously didn’t understand the whole discretion thing that was happening- as the attendant walked away, James asked anxiously (and loudly):

So that’s for when the plane goes into the water?

It’s just in case.

Like if the plane crashes?

Shhhh – the plane isn’t going to crash.

Two minutes later.

So when does the plane go into the water?

It’s not – please be quiet.

But the lady said.

She gave us that in case, James. In case. 

—we crash into the water.

Yes, but we won’t. Lower your voice, please.

(whispering) Look, here comes the snack cart! Can I get Sprite?

Monday Minute: Short and Sweet

December 12, 2011 Leave a comment

If you compare last week’s Monday Minute with this week’s you will be amazed at what a difference getting back on schedule makes (I know I am). James was coherent, conversational and even kind of cute today as we walked to school, a welcome change from the last couple of weeks.

James is in italics, I am in bold italics.


Do you like wearing your girls boots? What makes you think they’re girls boots? that clopping sound they’re making. Do you like boots that make clopping sounds? do you hear it? clop clop clop clop? boys boots don’t make that noise. yeah I guess not.

Mad Libs today were pretty funny. Yeah, good thing you earned them with your good behavior this morning. what was your favorite one? I liked the Christmas Carol one. I like the Transylvania New Year one. yeah, that was pretty funny too. It was more funny. they were both good.

Did you have fun at the concert yesterday? It was really good. Yeah but it was too much noise from the people clapping and cheering. only because you did so good. and whistling. what was your favorite song? All of them. You looked very handsome. Yeah my new pants are very handsome right? And my new shirt?

Hey you should write your letter to Santa so he has time to make your presents. Will Pepper make them (our Elf on the Shelf)? No, Pepper isn’t in charge of making toys. Ohhhh because Pepper is a kidwatcher. right. He’s in charge of watching us kids for behavior and reporting it back to Santa. Yep. 

My hands are cold. Put them in your pockets. No I need you to hold them for me and warm them up. do you want my gloves? No I’m fine, just help me and hold them for me. You can take these gloves if you want them. If you hold them for me then we can go faster, okay? Okay. I love you.


And with that my phone went back into my pocket and the Monday Minute was officially over, though the conversation was definitely not.

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