Posted by: Kate | March 14, 2008

52 Cents

I spent a fair amount of time today, in airports and on airplanes and in line and in traffic, composing a post.

It was going to contain some of my ideas about travel; some of the things I try to do that make the trip easier or less disaster-prone. Things like:

  • Take a photograph of each child in the morning, so that if the worst possible thing happens and your child is lost and your brain shuts down, you have a recent photograph with their last-seen-wearing outfit.
  • Rehearse, with each child, their name, destination, airline, and whatever other data they can handle, depending on age and focus. Practice this. Also practice the routine of, “Who do you ask for help, if you get lost?” (Answer: almost anyone in uniform, and point out what that means when you arrive.)
  • Pack sunscreen and cold medicines. Especially the second; those are always hard to find and way overpriced when traveling, and usually necessary anyway.

It was going to be a helpful and reference-worthy bit of literature.

Then we spent 12 hours getting here, including delays and long lines and traffic. And dinner out at which I could have a margarita, or I could have two margaritas, and I chose the latter. And now I’m all warm and fuzzy and incapable of maintaining an appropriate train of thought. Willem is sad that he didn’t carry the video camera down the hotel hallway after dinner, because apparently me and straight lines aren’t doing so well right now. And I can’t begin to estimate how many times I’ve hit backspace in this post alone.

So much for pithy and useful.

Oh, but I did think of another one:

  • Bring spare change to not-quite-child-friendly restaurants. The one we ended up at, the one with all the margaritas, it didn’t have coloring books or crayons. But it did have tables, which was convenient on many levels, and by giving each child a handful of change – 52 cents, because I had $1.02 in evenly-dividable money (Husband Edit: you mean $1.04 – just adding my 2 cents) we had entertainment and fine-motor skills long enough for the bread to be delivered to the table.

Moral of the story: we arrived safely, the kids are good little travelers, and it’s off to Walt Disney World in the morning. I did remember to pack Advil, in case I suffer from the wrath of grapes (or whatever’s in tequila) tomorrow.



  1. I hope you have a good time, and do not suffer from the cactus juice…

  2. Mmmmmm…tequila. I’m having some lovely homemade frozen margarita goodness with Cuervo gold right now, thereby making us all warm and fuzzy together. The key ingredient to tequila is the heart of the blue agave, which although referred to as a cactus, is really more of a succulent but whatever. ‘Tis guuuud.

    Have fun with Mickey et al. When The Girl and I went when she was 7, our favorite part was breakfast with the princesses in the castle. It RAWKED. My least favorite part was that her absolute favorite ride was the teacups – overandoverandoverandoverandoverandoverandoverandoverandoverandover. I get dizzy all over again just thinking about it.

  3. Take a picture of the kids– brilliant. Never thought of that!

    Enjoy your Disney time!

  4. Hi Kate! Hope the tequila was gentle to you this morning!

    And, thank you for the tips—we’ll be flying in the fall and I’m already sweating!

    One thing I’ve read in a great book (Protecting the Gift by Gavin De Becker) is that if a child gets lost, they should look for a ‘mom’ or a woman to help them. He points out that, while this is sexist, women are much less likely to be dangerous than men. Also, some of the worst serial killers in our time were security guards or men ‘in uniform’. Also, in places like a mall or amusement park, it’ll be so much easier for them to find a mom to help them. I hope that helps and hope you don’t mind me chiming in. I loved this book and can’t help repeating some of the things I’ve read!

    Have a wonderful trip.

  5. Ooo, margaritas at Disney sound wonderful. Especially since it’s snowing in Nashua this morning! Enjoy your escape!

  6. Glad you all arrived safely. I’ve only been to Disneyland in LA but that “It’s a Small World After All” song is so pervasive every time I hear the name Disney it pops into my head and drives me insane! Party on dudette!

  7. Hi Kate! It’s been a long time… have a blast in this great state of Florida!

  8. I found that Disney makes a mean Margarita – Just watch out for those Margarita-snatching seagulls!!

  9. Great tips to keep in mind wherever we may be travelling. Thanks for sharing, I’m sure you enjoyed your trip! Great blog!

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