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Ode to the Mom at the Gate


A shout out! to the mom ready to board the plane
I too know that traveling with children can be insane...

Ode to the Mom at the Gate

A shout out! to the mom ready to board the plane

I too know that traveling with children can be insane

I saw upon boarding they said 'you must check your bag'

One no doubt full of diapers, snacks, toys and life saving swag.

If it were me I'd have cried or smacked the attendant

But not you--your calm demeanor ever-present.

I see you sweet mamma! These moments I know

I remember the days of travel with three babies in tow

Praying, praying at least one would tiredly close their eyes

While desperately trying to teach toddlers how to clear pressure in their ears between cries.

And the baby with impeccable timing who doesn't miss a beat

She poops just when you prepare for landing and can no longer leave your seat

The child who insists he doesn't have to pee

Yet on the jetway before take off he says, mom its an emergency!

And mom, digging in her bag down to the final crumb in the rear,

In hopes a forgotten fresh outfit might just appear.

The surprising kindness of people we are among

Who will hold the baby then offer cough drops and condolences to your three year old who is coughing up a lung

While mom is scrambling and scurrying to catch

What she can as the 18 month old is puking for the third round and retch

And finally for mom the held back tears begin to flow

Not just from circumstance but because the kindness of a man, up ahead one row,

He turns around and sincerely offers out of the blue

'Third times a charm, my lady......this time, will you let me clean things up for you?'

Oh the joy! the surrender! Isn't being the token mom on the airplane grand?

Yet today, traveling alone, in the airport I stand

Perhaps today it will be me who gets to lend a helping hand

And I will remain in blissful knowing its another mom, and not I, headed for Disneyland.

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