When I was moving from Austin TX after college to Las Vegas NV I brought along guy who had my heart at the time: my kitty Woody. Well Woody didn't fly well and between the Austin to Vegas flight he got horrid diarhea. I tried to desperately to wash him off during my layover in Houston. It didn't work he was covered in feces and I missed my flight stranding me in Houston for 7 hours with an angry angry crap smelling kitty cat. It was the worst traveling day ever!
Today wasn't much better. Really the actual flying with Rachel wasn't bad at all. She got a seat and she behaved. She loved watching Elmo's world on the little DVD player I bought. The problem was the broken plane and unexpected 3 hour delay. That 19 lb little girl wrecked havoc on Phoenix Sky Harbor. First she wouldn't eat her lunch so she canoodled me into buying her Pizza Hut. She screamed, she ran away from me, she would entertain herself with a movie or book I would buy her from the gift shop for 10 minutes and than be crazy again. I had to spend an hour letting her ride the electric walk way. I'm in so much pain having tried so hard to keep up with her.
I made sure Rachel was not loud and not touching anyone. At one point we were sitting waiting for an update and Rachel was doing her baby Yoga in the center of the room; an older lady loudly exclaims: that girl has way too much energy. I responded in my usual cheery voice (masking my pain and exhaustion) I went to the gift shop and they were completely out of baby tranquilizers... do you have any extra on you by chance? Every one started laughing at her and two ladies clapped. I was pretty amazed at the moment when I realized how supportive was being. Many people helped. It was interesting b/c some people did comment on her unusual gait. I think the people who love me and her are much less likely to comment on things like that than strangers. Again though people were kind and many volunteered Cerebral Palsy resources.
This trip in general was special and I want to share about 2 very special friends who I saw during the trip when I can upload pictures tomorrow. Truth be told I'm way to tired to express myself the specialness of that... all I can do is whine about the horrendous trip I had today and be glad is wasn't the crap covered cat I had!