…but without the adult chaperones.
this summer the kids headed to their grandparents’ house in america. and to get there they had to fly. unaccompanied. by themselves. without parents. i would say without adults, but one of them is an adult. (wow – i have an adult child). but he’d never flown alone, much less with his siblings in tow. to get to my parents house they had to manage four different airports, in three different countries. but at least they were together.
one of the airports was in frankfurt, germany. where the drinking age for beer and wine is 16 and hard liquor is 18. and since they were flying lufthansa that was the drinking age on the plane, too. go c18.
they were there five weeks. five weeks. that’s a long time to be childless. and it seems a long time for my parents, who have been childless for quite a while now, to have kids around. but i wasn’t worried about that. they all coped. and they made memories. and then they returned.
the oldest two returned together. they left d/fw a little late. which put them into washington d.c. a little late. a little too late to catch their connecting flight to germany. so they stayed overnight. the airlines put them up in a hotel and gave them vouchers for food. but at 1am they decided it would be a good idea to head out looking for a 7-11. i haven’t heard a lot of positive things about the streets of our nation’s capital. but they were fine. got some snacks. made their flight the next day. instead of germany they went to tokyo. and instead of about 8 hours in the air they got to fly for 14. and they got to spend the night in the airport in bangkok. they arrived in chiang mai a day later than planned, but they arrived.
the youngest returned with michael. they had flight issues, too. but nothing major. their biggest problem was arriving without luggage. but the luggage had all made it by the time we picked the big kids up.
all three kids made great memories. my parents were awesome. they really tried to find something that each kid would enjoy. however… if the occasion every rises for us to send the kids to the states again, we will definitely ask permission before booking the flights. but i sort of think this was a once in a lifetime kind of thing. next summer we’ll all be in the states and we’ll most likely be leaving one behind. and then who knows what summers will bring.