I was “babysitting” three girls while their parents were out of town a few years ago (I put babysitting in quotations because they were 13, 15 and 17 years old) when the mom called and said “I just landed, Jim should be landing within the hour and we’ll be headed home.”
“You got bumped to different flights?” I asked.
“No, we always fly separate, so if anything were to happen to one of us our girls would still have a parent.” she responded.
Huh. This was new, I had never heard of this. I asked the girls about it and they all said that their parents had always flown separately for as long as they could remember and didn’t see anything strange about it. Cody and I were already arguing about how to plan flights down to Florida for when we leave on our cruise when I remembered this family’s flight arrangements. I asked Cody if we should do separate flights for the same reason but we both agreed that we had to do separate flights for much different reasons.
APPARENTLY I am a little too laid back when it comes to flying. I show up, I check my bag, I make it to the gate right around boarding time and I get on the plane. Easy right? I have yet to miss a flight. Cody on the other hand needs plenty of time, several restroom breaks, a mental pep talk and a snack before he can get on a plane. He’d never make it as a business traveler, I’m far more efficient and way less uptight when it comes to traveling, but he is the way he is and there’s no sense in arguing about it. We’ll be flying down separately, but not for the noble reason of keeping our kids from becoming orphans, but because we don’t like fighting and it just seems like trouble trying to get us on the same flight schedule.
I still wonder though, flying is safer than driving a car and yet when Cody and I go out on dates we always drive in the same car. Wouldn’t we be more likely to orphan our kids due to an auto accident rather than a plane crash? Obviously I’m not a huge fan of thinking about such things for longer than necessary, but I know there are other families who fly separate for this very reason. Cruising is safer than flying and flying is safer than driving but I would never consider taking a different cruise ship or car than Cody just in case.