An inspiration to other families?

Inspiration to other traveling families

Lucia on one of her first flights

Originally posted at – March 28, 2010
Lucia was not exactly 100% perfect on all three of our flights out to Arizona. On the first leg, which was Chicago to Minneapolis, she got a little cranky. She cried a bit but nothing too crazy. There was a man sitting directly in front of me; he looked to be a few years younger than Mark and I. He kept turning around and looking at Lucia. I thought he was giving one of those can-you-please-shut-your-kid-up looks, and that was making me anxious.

We landed in Minneapolis and as we were taxiing to the gate, the guy in front of me turned around and said to Mark, “How old is your little girl?” Mark told him that she just turned one, and he said, “My daughter is 16 months old. I enjoyed listening to your daughter, talking and stuff. It reminded me of my little girl.” That’s when I started feeling really awful for thinking he was upset about Lucia crying. Then he said, “My wife refuses to travel with our daughter. She thinks she’s too young. Now I’ve seen firsthand that it is possible to travel with a baby.” I wanted to hug him.

A short time later, Mark and I were in the terminal trying to figure out to which gate we needed to go for our next flight. The same guy from our flight came up to us and said, “Hey guys, I have one more question. Did you need to buy a special car seat for her for the airplane or anything?” Mark and I explained to him that we used Lucia’s regular, everyday car seat on the plane; no special seat is needed. Judging by the look on his face, I’d say that bit of info made his day. He thanked us profusely and said he couldn’t wait to tell his wife that it really is okay to travel with a baby. That made MY day.

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  1. Amber DeGrace January 14, 2011 at 4:16 pm #

    Love this piece! Kudos to your family for traveling with baby-in-tow. We have two tickets to use for the kids this year for flying (from our cancelled Dominican Republic trip over Christmas). I’m going to attempt to channel your calm for the flights – wherever we end up going. 🙂

    • Francesca January 14, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

      First of all, Amber – yay!! Yours is officially the first comment on my new blog! Thank you!

      Secondly, I’m not going to tell you or anyone else that traveling with a child is easy. It includes all the stress of regular, kid-less travel, and then some. But it is SO worth it! I hope you & your family get to go somewhere really awesome!

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