Friday, May 30, 2008

Transitions are hard, part 1

“A thought is an idea in transit.”

Do dis, den do dat.
3B enjoying his favorite airplane reading--the safety card, which he summarizes, "Do dis, den do dat."

Two weeks ago, we woke 3B up early from his nap to ensure we would make it to our quick flight from Dulles to the Happiest Place on Earth. However, seven hours later, when the day was done, we still hadn't entered the Magic Kingdom; instead, at midnight we were still on our flight from Atlanta, making our final descent into Orlando.

Watching a video

We arrived at our hotel room at 1:30 a.m. the next morning.

This was in part because we never saw the notice that we had to receive our boarding passes 40 minutes before the flight departure time, in part because Dulles has a 40+ year old system for getting passengers to their gates (read: BDBs--big dumb buses), and in part because AirTran is a cheap airline and, as the man says, you pay for what you get, particularly when it comes to customer service.

On the upside, 3B had taken a long nap and that magic mouse does make it easy to get to his hotels, which is much appreciated in the wee hours of the morning. Also, Mama and I could take a lesson from 3B who was unflappable for most of the trip, unaware that plans had changed at all.

In fact, at 12:30 a.m., he was having the time of his life going up and down the steps of Mickey's Magical Express bus while Mama and I tried to stay awake as we waited to leave the airport.

I couldn't get a picture of him actually doing this, since I was busy preventing him from tumbling down the steps and braining himself on the concrete, but here's the bus. Use your imagination.

On the other hand, 3B could have taken a lesson on unflappability from us when it came to leaving rides in the Magic Kingdom.

More on that tomorrow...

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  1. Anonymous11:18 AM

    What is it with kids and those airline safety cards? My daughter is fascinated by them. My wife hates that the kid is so interested in them because the pictures are all about doomsday situations and worst-case scenarios.

    Me? I end up making up stories about the safety cards to entertain my daughter. Look! How cool is this? The plane has a slide. We LOVE slides. Yay!

  2. Dude, I did the exact same thing. The other phrase that 3B learned was, "The plane floats just like a boat."

    I figured that was better than the reality: "Plane shreds on wavetops, jet fuel ignites and explodes, eyes melt, skin explodes, everybody dies!"

    Also, two questions: how did the plane make an emergency landing in a cow pasture without cracking up? With its landing gear not snapped off but down and locked as if it were on a runway?

  3. I think Doug liked the emergency card so much he asked if he could keep it and they said yes. Julianne is waititng for the emergency landing so she can go down the slide... yeah she is 18. There are some things we never outgrow.

    I hope he enjoyed the mouse as much as the flight to get there, and the bus.

  4. Gee, I remember the Big Dumb Busses from when I was in high school and made a trip to DC. They were cool then. One of life's little lessons, read all the fine print when you are traveling with small children, and still nap when they do. When we left Disneyland with a little one, we let her choose one last ride (Small World) and she happily left asleep on her father's shoulder. With the other one, there were no problems, since he knew he was there for more days, and on the last one, he was rather satiated. Usually if you give them small control (choose one last thing) and keep the big control (we are leaving) they will go along with it. Practice it at the park. (10 more pushes on the swing, and count them)

  5. Anonymous4:51 AM

    Dude did the boy get a box from Amazon thins week.

    TCB from King and Cilla

  6. King: Yes he did, and he even sent a thank you note. Check your spam folder?