|imagine this + dragging four kids and three suitcases with you. #fun|
Traveling is stressful. Security lines, figuring out meals, and keeping track of everyone makes me haggard. But, there is one part of gearing up for a flight that I look forward to...
The kids are buckled in and holding their respective security objects, blankies and well-worn stuffed animals. We've taken off and the flight attendants have cleared the use of electronic devices. Air is rushing in my ears and the lights in the aircraft dim a bit. And I lean forward and pull my book out of the seatback pocket. We are surrounded by clouds.
In this moment I breathe deeply and feel a strong sense of gratitude. For the next 3 hours, the kids' issues will be minimal, there will be no pressing distractions (laundry, I'm looking at you). There's nowhere to go and the children are occupied.
As I looked around the plane on my recent flight, though, I was surprised by how few of my fellow passengers were reading. Most people were watching movies, many were napping, and there were a couple anxiously flipping through the in-flight magazines.
I began to wonder...Am I the only one who reads on planes? Surely this can't be true.
On that trip, I logged some quality, uninterrupted reading time and managed to crush 178 pages of a new book (Pachinko, it's sooooo good, I can't wait to tell you about it). I got into the storyline in a way I can't when I'm reading at home and thinking about a million other things. When do I need to pick up the kids, why is the dog being so quiet in the other room, did I switch the laundry?
On the plane, it was just me and a Korean family saga and I only had to surface to give my drink order.
|how are they always so happy???|
The plane landed and my husband met us at the airport. We went on with the rest of our trip but I'm still thinking about reading on that plane. Am I weird?
Would you read on a plane? In the rain? In a box? With a fox?
The answer for me is: YES!
On a side note...I always bring three books so I have options and can pick the one that strikes my fancy at the moment. After further consideration, yes, I am weird.
|getting off the plane like a boss...because I read my book, dummies!|