“He just has to show us a few things before we can go fly in the sky,” I explained.
“Want that guy done so airplane take off,” Evan said. A keen student of the human condition, Evan had quickly picked up on the importance of griping about the minor inconveniences of air travel.
Thirty minutes later, as Evan played peek-a-boo with his mom across the aisle, I pointed out the window and said, “Look, Evan, we’re above the clouds now!”
I couldn’t wait to see his little eyes take in this brand new sight, his sense of wonder taking flight as the heavens spread out before him. Evan looked out the window for a moment, saw the sun glinting off the countless miles of puffy clouds beyond the airplane’s wing, then pointed at the little TV on the seat back in front of him and said, “Wanna watch Dora.”
If he’d cared to look, Evan could have had a perfect view out the window. He sat perched in the car seat that I’d lugged from the airport parking lot to his seat on the plane, which was as easy as dragging a recliner for about two miles, stopping once to wedge it through an X-ray machine.
When we left our house that morning, it was 40 degrees and drizzly, perhaps the least pleasant type of weather that doesn’t require FEMA to assist afterwards. When we landed in
We were travelling to
I’m not the only person to recognize this benefit. When he could pick anywhere in the world to live, why would Santa choose the North Pole over
“Kwissmas lights!” Evan said as we drove around
Also, what do you get your dad for Christmas when the weather never gets cold enough for him to need a sweater? No thanks. You can keep your seventy-degree Decembers,
I’ll be whistling as I chip the ice off my windshield at the mall, Dad’s
sweater in my shopping bag, the evidence of my Thanksgiving indiscretions
safely tucked beneath seventeen layers of down and Gore-Tex. Florida
We’re hopping back on a plane tomorrow to come home, and as much as we enjoyed the perfect weather and the beautiful wedding, we’ll be glad to get back to our little piece of frozen wasteland. If we stayed here any longer, we just might start to think that the most wonderful time of the year doesn’t have to involve bodily fluids frozen to our faces.
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