I have always hated vacations because it’s never really a vacation if you have special needs kids plus the journey is usually just filled with tantrums that I had to manage. But my twins are doing so much better and I’m more excited about family reunion than the stress of traveling.
Nathan was such a trooper during our 23-hour travel from Singapore to Virginia. I had been preparing the kids about this long trip, mostly to avoid or minimise tantrums, but I never really knew how much Nathan understood or if he was even listening. On the big day, Nathan had a smile on his face so I asked him.
Me: Nathan, what will be be riding later?
Nathan: A taxi.
Me: Of course! Where will the taxi bring us?
Nathan: To the airport.
Me: Yes, what will we ride at the airport?
Nathan: An airplane.
Me: Yes! Where will be go?
Nathan: To America.
Me: Yey! And who will we visit in America?
Nathan: Tita Fevi!
Apparently, Nathan knew perfectly well what was going on.
As for the trip, Nathan, was super good. Once in a while he would have light crying sounds (as if he knew not to bother other passengers). Then he would tap me and ask, “I want to ride the wheelchair and go na?” I would explain to him that the plane was still in the air and had several hours more to go and he would be good with that!
Nathan is such a good traveller! And so is his twin sister, Amor, who was true to her word and said she would be a big sister and be quiet in case Nathan cried and I needed to settle him.