I meant to get some calming melatonin or something like that to give to the kids for the plane rides to and from New York, but I forgot to buy it.
We had LONG flights, with stopovers and nothing about it was particularly easy. My stroller is outstanding though; it made it bearable (it’s a City Select Double, if you want to know) because you can keep the kids strapped into the stroller and check the stroller right at the door of the airplane.
I was also stocked: devices, games, play dough, snacks, water. You name it, baby, I had it. Ye Olde Mama Shoppe.
I had this surreal experience with this guy complaining about my mothering skills (- I wrote about it on Facebook, here), but what I didn’t tell you about was what I’ve FINALLY learned as a deaf traveller:
I’m as clear as pane of fresh glass about the fact that I’m deaf and what I require from airlines. I mean, there’s not a lot of guesswork on their part, is there, when I go up to the counter and say, “I’m deaf. I can’t hear announcements. I will be standing by the gate and I need to be alerted directly, in-person, if there are any flight changes. Thank you”. I’ve found time and again that they just diss what I’m saying, they don’t tell me when there is a gate change, don’t tell me when an announcement is made.
So, I don’t mess with it anymore.
I take out the iPhone and tell them right in the beginning that I’m recording this conversation. Then I go for my normal spiel of being deaf and needing them to tell me if an announcement is being made. I also have them write everything they say down, because while I am a Lipreading Ninja, I do miss things and I want to be sure. Furthermore, I think that when they write out everything, they realize that I AM ACTUALLY DEAF.
I speak so clearly that I’m pretty sure most people think I am just pulling that out of my ass. But… I’m not. Trust me, I don’t walk around telling people I’m deaf for kicks.
We arrived back in the Bay Area and turns out the airline lost a stroller seat in transit. No big deal. I whipped out the iPhone, had everything recorded, told them to FedEx it back to the Lost Coast. They did.
I’m only telling you about all this because I think it’s a useful nugget that I wish I had done a lot earlier. Deaf friends reading? Anyone else with a disability in particular, seriously – just whip out your phone and start recording. It’s like cc’ing emails; stuff gets done when people think other people are watching.
We did some Asian food shopping
Going back home is always a big deal. Got the nori, hoisin sauce, SRIRACHA!!! Right on.