First time travelling alone with the children
In the early years we usually visited my parents as a family, but after the youngest was born I made my first trip with the children without Dave. My Dad had to visit the UK for some reason so it was planned for me to travel back with him to Spain, but I had to do the return journey without help. Travelling alone with children aged 7 & 6 years old plus an 8 month old baby was an experience! I booked airport assistance for when I arrived back in the UK but the flight had been delayed, so my ‘assistance’ finally arrived after we had walked as far as the luggage collection area and consisted of a guy handing me a luggage trolley and disappearing to go and look after his next assignment!
I could see the pushchair and case on the carousel so asked a man who looked to be fit and healthy in his 30’s if he could please help by lifting them off for me as I was holding a baby, but he told me if I couldn’t do it myself I shouldn’t be travelling on my own with kids!
A bit stunned by his attitude an older gentleman approached and said he would help when the case and buggy came around again, and kindly removed both for me. I strapped the baby into the buggy and found we were left standing alone with our trolley except for an elderly lady with walking sticks standing beside her case. She too had booked assistance and she too had been let down due to the flight delay. I lifted her bags onto my trolley and whilst the children pushed their brother in the buggy she held onto the trolley for support as I pushed it and we walked at a snail’s pace the rest of the way together.
Standing looking very anxious as we walked out through arrivals into the public area were two men, one was Dave and the other the elderly lady’s son. They had thought we must have got lost, but in truth we had just been abandoned by airport assistance!
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