Good Traveler

Klara and I traveled in business class from Canada (points). At first, the passengers weren’t happy because nobody pays for business class to put up with a small child. But she’s a great traveler. At the end of the trip, the flight attendant asked, “I’m sorry, are you a teacher?”

“Yes,” I said, surprised at how she could know.

“I knew it!” the attendant said. “I’ve never seen a child her age behave so well on a flight. She’s so calm! I knew she had to be a teacher’s child.”

As a reward, the pilot invited Klara into the cabin, let her sit in the co-pilot seat, and explained how everything worked.

The secret to her great in-flight behavior is books on tape. She was listening to her gigantic Wizard of Oz collection for the third time, and that kept her calm and occupied. It was a genius move to get her an Audible. She doesn’t have the reading skills yet to read by herself for hours. But Audible is the next best thing. It does wonders for her vocabulary and gets her in the habit of needing books like one needs air and water.

5 thoughts on “Good Traveler

  1. Is she listening to the entire book or an abridged version of it? Is she listening to it without pictures or does she have an ipad with pictures for the story? When I was her age I had tapes with an accompanying paper picture book. I loved them!

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    1. It’s the entire, unabridged version. All 14 books, or whatever the number is. No pictures. She has also listened to the unabridged Lewis Carroll and most of the Roald Dahl books. Her Audible library is 10 times bigger than mine.


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