Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Words of Wisdom


Never, ever, ever, ever, no matter what, take a 28-hour train ride with a 5-year-old child without double, triple, quadruple checking that you brought the toy bag with you.

By the same token, never, ever, ever, no matter what, take a 30-hour return train ride with a 5-year-old child without double, triple, quadruple checking that you remembered to grab the electrical cord to the portable dvd player.

That's all I got for now.

8 comments:

  1. Oh No!
    I totally feel your pain. We recently transported, wait that sounds to fast and futuristic, "shuffled and grappled" my four and a half and my two year old to Scotland. I cannot imagine what would have happened if we did not have our "toy-bag" with us. these long journeys are so exhausting with or without jet-lag...thank goodness I had plenty of dollar bills for copious amounts of wine on the flight. Oh yes, whatever makes it bearable.

    I hope you have recovered.

    ESP.

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  2. That's RIGHT! I saw that on your blog. My god, what I wouldn't have given for a bottle of wine. LOL.
    I am recovering...slowly.

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  3. Hmmm, can't decide if you are brave or just plain crazy to even attempt such a trip. Of course, we moved to Indonesia when my youngest was that age, and I remember some pretty harrowing journeys back and forth, on my own with two kids. Maybe I was crazy too!

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  4. Oh no!!!! I know you managed lots of fun times, but dang...we all need our comfort stuff!

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  5. Please tell me! Where did you go and what were you thinking? Oh, I know: Trains - Fun - landscape rolling by, immersed in the joy of it all? Oh My Gracious .. NOT !!
    muddyhands

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  6. My friend Margie's(Sorry Dog Juanita Unruth) Mother used to say "A bought lesson is the best kind." This saying must have been just for you.
    Sigh.
    Merrymerry

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  7. If it makes you feel any better, no magic, incredible bag of toys would have covered TWENTY EIGHT HOURS dude!! Maybe 4? Now, the dvd player? That's a major bummer. So glad you survived.

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  8. Funny. I actually did take a long train trip with my 5 year old. We went from Austin to Chicago and then to a small town in Illinois. After a couple of days visiting cousins we continued on to New Mexico.

    He read 'Charlotte's Web' the entire time while I looked excitedly out the window. Every once he'd make an effort to look out at something I pointed out and comment encouragingly, "That's nice, Mom".

    Thanks for bringing back the memory.

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