Sunday, February 2, 2020

Demon Children on a Plane

Funny Travel Memes 8
How sweet!
No earphones in the world could silence the sound a screaming five-year old girl on an airplane. All thirty jovial family members  were on board heading to Utah. They all were wearing expensive sound-silencing headphones, $300 a pop.

 Beverly glared at them, at their demon child. 

How could they abide demon child? Couldn't they douse the kid with water, yet don't they know splashing cold water in the face of a crazy kid might just shut her up? Did they care?


Of course, there were other methods, but that would be frowned upon.

Let me do it, Just. Let. Me. Do. It! Beverly thought.

Before the plane could zoom to sanity, Beverly was ready to cram her favorite fudge brownies into the devil girl's mouth. Spray whipped cream?

Someone will wreak revenge on you, little devil. Someday.

During our last eleven hour flight from Switzerland, that demon child was one aisle over and about 5 seats away. I discussed this with her mother who said, "But, she's playing with her games!" No duh. For eight stinkin' hours? And the girl fell asleep with 2 hours left.  Words failed me then and still.

43 comments:

  1. EIGHT hours? Yikes! I sat next to that demon child's twin last week while waiting at the doctor's office. When the nurse called me back and asked "how are you?" I couldn't help but admit, "Okay, but I may have permanently lost hearing in my right ear." How awful for flight attendants and service people everywhere.

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  2. I feel for the kid, I feel for the mother but boy am I glad I have my fear of flying.

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  3. That just sucks. We had two demon children behind us on our flight to London and they were horrible. Mom would not shut them up. The stewardess tried, but it didn't work.

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    1. There is nothing that can be done in that case! Dramamine Jr. would be helpful.

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  4. At least you didn't have a seat-kicker behind you as well!

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    1. Oh, we had those. they were older so I leaned over the seat to tell them to stop. Their parent said "You heard what the lady said." Then she kept reading and they kept kicking.

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  5. What a true to life experience. That situation is very prevalent now that corporal correction is frowned upon. If it is ears, pain of any kind I can understand or sympathize. But if it is just for attention it drives me crazy! Val's point is also understood, that also is a nerve kicker.
    Thank goodness I have NEVER endured hours of it, 30 minutes in a restaurant is enough for me. :-O

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    1. For a toddler, I can understand the difficulties. I have flown alone overseas twice with 3 children. Being prepared is key.

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  6. Maybe the little girl had something hurting that she couldn't express. A responsible adult should have been able to see to her needs and tended to them which would have soothed her. The fact that she eventually fell asleep makes me think this is so.

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    1. In the post that could very well have been the problem.

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  7. my PS: I have been meaning to say, I love the side bar about classrooms and the Poppy! good stuff!

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    1. WB Yeats is my favorite poet, and these quotes are from him.

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  8. It is the parents of these children to be blamed not the children.

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    1. On my flight, the mother shrugged her shoulders as if to say What can I do?

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  9. Years back my partner's sister travelled from the UK to Australia. Her nearly ten month old son cried the entire flight. And on each of the internal flights as well. Two days after they arrived to stay with us, no fewer than three teeth emerged.
    While it was undoubtedly the flight from hell for people sharing their trip(s), I did feel for poor Anthony.
    Older children? I blame the parents.

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    1. What is it about poor parenting skills and flying?

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  10. I've been on board (transatlantic flight, too) with a serial screamer. He finally went to sleep. It is totally awful.

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  11. Sorry that you had to deal with this. All to many families have consideration for others

    Your post and accompanying picture were amusing.

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    1. I'd like to hope that these experiences have been character building.

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  12. Luckily I've missed the babies on flights crying.

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  13. It has been a long time since I've been on a plane. I don't miss the screaming kids. (Although, I do tune out screaming kids in public places, normally. It was a defense mechanism from my employment at the evil toy store, now defunct. I have no idea if this would work on a plane or not.)

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    1. Oh, a toy store. Just the memory of Christmas shopping at Toys R Us makes me sweat.

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  14. Perhaps you could have asked an assistant to ask the family to please quieten the child. I'd suggest next time carrying a pair of earplugs, the type that fir right into the ear and take them out when landing is imminent. It means you won't hear anything anyone else says to you either, but you will get a peaceful flight and maybe even nap a bit.

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    1. I've tried the earplugs before, but the $$ headphones work the best.

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  15. Attendant! the word is attendant, not assistant, but I couldn't remember it until reading a comment above.

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  16. Aaargh, another typo: "fit" in the ear, not "fir" (*~*)

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  17. I was on a plane with a crying child once. The mother did everything she could to determine the problem and hush the child. I was the seat closest the aisle and the mother and father were next to me. Finally, the mother got up and took the child to the toilet. They were in there a long time, but when she came out, the child had stopped crying. I give that mother credit because she took others' feelings into consideration, as well as her own child's. Too bad the same was not so in your case.

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  18. I blame the parents too. But what a horrid experience. It's usually the ears, but they say if a child is crying during takeoff it's good because it won't affect the ears. So it had to be something else. Poor little one. Poor you!

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  19. I flew a lot in my younger days, but never had to deal with a crying child. Once someone dropped a cigarette and started a minor fire, that was about as bad as it got. I don't understand the parents in this situation.

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    1. Good to see you! I do not understand this either.

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  20. Funny, (Reading about it... not experiencing it...) Reminds me of one of Bill Cosby's stories about "Jeffrey" a never-shut-up 4-year old who ruined a flight for a whole bunch of folks, who each enjoyed the heck out of waking the kid up after he finally fell asleep just as they arrived at their destination.

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  21. I suppose Beverly could try humming a popular tune or music to tv series as goofball as that sounds, do something louder to win over her kids attention.

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  22. Now that's an idea. Beverly could hum or maybe even sing.

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  23. As odd as it sounds, i also feel badly for the child for how it is being parented.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!