This is the best representation I could get of her fame the entire trip. She was surrounded by admirers. It was like a queen and her court - and she ruled with benevolence, handing out smiles and giggles like they were Smarties.
After being a parent for a short time, I have realized there are few things more gratifying than watching people love your child. It was kind of hard to leave that!
1. Why, WHY is there so much talking on the airplane intercom? I can understand the need to repeat safety measures (you know, in case the flight from Atlanta to Salt Lake ends up in a large body of water), but does the captain truly think I am interested in headwinds and knots? Just tell me we're going to get there and what time. That's all. (My Christmas wish for next year is that the pilot on our flight try to keep a baby asleep while sitting directly under the airplane intercom speakers).
2. Claire on the flight on our way home. She had mom and dad doing everything but backflips to keep her quiet. Mary Gilmore, thank you for the great gift of those colored, plastic keys. Honorable mentions to Aunt Cassidy for her farm animal pillow book and to the creator of the pacifier. Princess Claire simply will not be bored, or cramped, or hot. She will not!