Life in Laos through the lens of a diplomatic wife raising twin toddlers.
Born into a life of world-wide travel with their diplomat father and wanderlust mother, our two-year old twins got an early start in air travel. They flew down to live in Mexico where their father was working when they were six-weeks old, and they have been on many flights since then.
As a pretty seasoned traveler, I’m surprised at how anxious I get every time we fly with the kids. I guess it’s because of their unpredictable nature, both of the kids and flight delays. For the most part, the kids have been great travelers except for one flight where my son kicked and screamed for two hours straight and there was nothing I could do. The flight attendant was kind enough to take him from me so I could have a break and give him a distraction. When that didn’t work, a fellow passenger offered to show him her caged dog below her seat. That didn’t work either so I just started to cry right along with him. My lovely seatmate also cried with me, patting me on the shoulder telling me repeatedly that I was a good mother. My son and I were so exhausted after two hours that he slid away from me onto the floor and immediately fell asleep. I didn’t dare pick him up in case I woke him and not surprisingly neither did the flight attendants who casually ignored him on their landing checks (thank goodness). As we waited at the luggage carousel many of my fellow passengers came by with some very kind words. I was touched and mostly relieved that my worse travel nightmare with my children revealed the kinder side of humanity and not the other way around as I had feared.
Sure I’m scarred from the experience and am already starting to get anxious about our 36-hour journey to Laos in three months.
But at least I know that whatever difficult ordeal we may have to face along the way that we’ll probably be among kind and understanding people. I hope.
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