Not too long ago my husband and I were facing yet another 10 to 12 hour drive to visit his family out of state. Let me be perfectly clear, I HATE THAT DRIVE. It is horrible. We travel through 5 states, up mountainsides, in crazy traffic, across boring stretches, you name it, and we drive it. So this year my husband decided to see what the plane fares were looking like. They actually were quite reasonable and we bit the bullet, so to speak, and decided this year we would fly!
I must admit I am a bit of a nervous wreck when it comes to planning for this trip. There is always so much to pack and to get ready that I am not always the most pleasant person to be around. Shocking, I know. This year maybe I was a bit more difficult. Maybe. As the flight time approached I gathered up all of our GFCF snacks and made sure we had iPads full of Angry Birds Star Wars and Batman books. We made it through security without too much issue. Matthew kept asking why we had to do this and why we had to do that, but I think that is sort of normal for an almost 8 year old. Once inside we found a spot near our gate and waited. And waited. And waited. But the boys ate a little and played games on the iPads, so it wasn’t that bad. Finally it was time to board. Larry took the lead and found us two rows right across the aisle from each other. I had Matthew and our youngest child while Larry sat with our middle son. The kids were excited, but really they thought nothing of the flight. We explained to them that the pilot wanted us to keep the electronics off until he gave the OK, and Matthew was fine with that. Until that time he read a book. Then we were in the air. We enjoyed our snacks and the computer games came in very handy. No one even needed to go to the bathroom. And just like that the flight was over. We were landing.
Matthew told us that was the best way to travel and he wanted to do it again. Of course we did just a few days later on our trip home, but it was an easy way to travel. So easy in fact that I am debating on bringing him to Autism One with me. I think he would do just fine. Stay well.
Photo Citaiton: DellaRocco, Maryann. First In Flight Photo. 2012. PhotobucketWeb. 12 Dec 2012.
About the Author
Maryann DellaRocco is the mother behind the blog Matthew’s Puzzle, which chronicles her journey into the world of autism and biomedical interventions. She is married and has three boys, her oldest is on the spectrum. Follow her on Twitter: @matthewspuzzle.