I traveled with Joy recently and she was saturated with happiness over every little thing about going on a plane ride. She was grinning when queueing to enter the departure hall, wide-eyed when walking through the departure hall to our gate, smiling as she walked through the metal detectors and delirious when we were finally seated in the plane.
Once on board, she delighted in receiving a pair of children’s headphone, as well as the freedom to watch all the children’s shows on the menu. She watched Zootopia twice! Once on the journey there and once on the journey back.
She waited for the in-flight meal eagerly and ordered her preferred meal on her own. When it arrived, she tried to show me how to let the meal tray down and, how to butter a warm bun. She wanted to eat everything on her tray but there were just too many things to do and not enough time. She finished the other food but had to contend with just a bite of that pandan cake, after which it was time to land.
Joy asked me to take so many photos of what she saw outside the window. She was amazed that we were cruising through the clouds (“They are so fluffy!”).
And was fascinated at looking down on the land, before we landed. “Where are the houses, mama?”, “Who lives in there?” “Can we go to that bridge?”
When we finally landed, she said “I’m so excited to be here!”.
Oh, how I love her.
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