It has been eons since I boarded an actual airplane and traveled to a faraway destination all by my lonesome. I swear the last time was when cell phones and other electronic devices were NOT an appendage Gorilla-Glued into a person’s fist. Yep … it was really THAT long ago. OK … I know you are thinkin’ it … and yes … it was totally back when triceratops roamed the earth.
Before electronic devices, I used to chat random people up on airplanes, at airport gates, in the security line, you name it. There are lots of interesting people in the world. I don’t think friendly “stranger chatting” is something that is done anymore. Everyone has their heads down pounding and swiping their index fingers, sometimes both thumbs, to and fro on those little phone screens. It makes these traveling places WAY TOO QUIET and SERIOUS to my way of thinkin’.
My final destination was Kalamazoo, Michigan … which, by the way, is a real place. See … I could tell you probably were wonderin’ that also. My lovely daughter-in-law and son live there now and are expecting. Kate’s adorable mother was hosting a baby shower for the blessed event happening in a matter of weeks. This will be Kate’s parents very first grandest of babies. I wanted to also welcome them to the exclusive grandparent’s club! That little bundle of joy will be our third … and it is a girl! Like sterling silver charms that jingle jangle on a bracelet, we have been adding them every two years since 2014.
One of the most fun things we did at the baby shower was fill out cards with advice for the new mommy. The usual suspects were all included, like enjoy your sleep while you can, relax and enjoy every minute, and nap when the baby naps. All very good advice. Most involving sleep. You get the Polaroid.
One of the ladies wrote “read her a thousand books.” I found out later she is a librarian at a local public library. I love how she rolls. There were several sweet young ladies at the shower who offered out their own advice. Maddie said to “take good care of the baby.” Yep … I concur with that one. Mehlee told the new parents to “read to her.” Obviously, wise beyond her years. Phoebe, who is about 13 or 14 years old, wrote my very favorite. I feel certain there is an interesting back story to this one. “Get her a cell phone when she turns 12,” she wrote. I know … that one made me giggle too.
The most touching was from Heidi. “Enjoy those precious moments watching them sleep at night. Don’t forget to make the sign of the cross on their forehead,” she wrote.
On one of my return flights home a few days later, I sat between two young, burly business dudes. You guessed it. They had their ears plugged and one hand stuck with some sticky substance to their cell phones before even snapping on their seat belts. So, before we took off, I made one last attempt to engage my surrounding peeps with a little friendly chatter. Sorry … no success. That is, unless you count the TSA chick who patted me down earlier that morning for a very suspicious zipper!

Dixie Frantz
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I am a long-time Houstonian in love with writing, blogging, travel, quilting and reading. I have written “You Gotta Laugh,” a humorous newspaper column, for the past 21 years. The columns showcase the funny, amusing and sometimes touching slices of life from the suburbs. My writing credentials include more than 430 humorous columns, features and travel stories for hoabinhre Newspaper.