Fine. All four of them. Besides the bloody noses (two of them, one on each leg of the flight down [The Boy, not me. He actually took them pretty much in stride, and thanks to helpful flight attendants, they were quickly handled]), the screaming-coughing-sneezing children behind us, and the parents that were clearly outnumbered (can’t you do math??), the seat-backs that were no more than 8 inches away from our face, the waiting, the CRAZY prices they can charge you for snacks at the airport, and the fact that my ears are STILL popping… yeah, completely fine.
I’m only half joking. OK, maybe I’m not joking at all. Since when did airline travel become the big, expensive, greyhound of the sky? Back in the day, air travel was exciting, a luxury, and they gave you snacks! Now, it is the equivalent of the chiva of Central and South America, replete with chickens, noise, and too many people. Oh yeah, and they charge you for the peanuts. And if you want to apply for a credit card, here you go! – we will talk at you about it for about 20 minutes, and make a big production of handing out the applications and then collecting them, while you are desperately trying to tune out the noise and read your book.
I don’t mean to be complain-y, but if I am spending $700 on something, I expect it to be at least kind of nice. Nice was not spending four of my vacation days traveling, I’ll give you that. But beyond that, I got nothing.
Suffice it to say, I have yet another thing to be thankful for: when I live very near my parents, and with my boyfriend, I will not have to fly/drive as frequently as I do. That’s beautiful.
(And it was AWESOME to watch The Boy be so independent, and way better behaved than any of the neurotypical kids around us!!)