To say I am counting the hours until my family’s arrival would not be an exaggeration, 32 hours, weather permitting. And during those 32 hours I will have opened my store, launched my e-commerce web site: www.arianezurcher.com, worked an eight hour shift and gone to see my friend and inspiration to all of us, Amanda Boxtel demonstrate Berkeley Bionics eLegs at the Aspen Club this evening.
Richard will be equally busy, going to Emma’s school for her parent/teacher conference, working, packing, going to Nic’s school Winter Concert where he will play “Lean on Me” on his clarinet (!) making sure Merlin is cared for while we are away, before getting to the airport and onto the airplane. Flying with Nic and Emma is always stressful and anxiety producing even though Emma is one of the world’s best travelers. It is more the mental gymnastics one inevitably goes through before the fact which causes the most worry – What if she has to pee and the plane is stuck on the runway in some endless and unforeseen delay? What if she freaks out for some unspecified reason? What if her favorite DVD doesn’t play properly? What if, once in Denver, the plane to Aspen is delayed or worse, cancelled? What if…
I have flown with both children a number of times on my own and it’s always nerve wracking. The good news is, even with some substantial delays and mishaps, both Nic and Emma are terrific travelers. Emma loves when the plane begins zooming along the runway and in the past would race her legs up and down as though she were running, propelling the plane forward as she laughed and made buzzing noises. I haven’t seen her do that in over a year now, but it was hilarious when she use to. Now, more likely, she will simply gaze out the window with a little content smile and occasionally hum. She knows she will have her Cokie or as her head teacher at school writes – Coqui – which I rather like, giving the tattered blanket a certain, je ne ce quoi. Emma has been talking about the fact she will have full access to Cokie on the airplane for over a month now. “Take Cokie on the airplane,” she has said more than a few times.
“Yes, Em. You’ll have Cokie with you.”
“Have Cokie on the airplane,” Emma will repeat as if confirming an important appointment.
“Yes,” we respond.
“Good! Take Cokie on the airplane.” Then she will nod her head and grin.
Both Emma and Nic have been looking forward to coming out to Aspen for a while now. Nic cannot wait to see his beloved Granma and her dogs and Emma can’t wait to see her Granma, go skiing with her Uncle Victor and Aunt Susan and go swimming at the ARC (Aspen Recreation Center) after skiing. I cannot wait to see both children and my husband tomorrow afternoon and have not thought much beyond catching sight of them and just hugging all of them.