As I began drinking my coffee, I put in the special ear plugs that reduce air pressure recommended by my friend Maggie. I have had a cold for over two weeks and Maggie thought I might be prone to ear pain. It was worth the $7 price to avoid that trauma.
Even with ear plugs, I heard a very strange sound that at first sounded like snoring. A young lady across the aisle was crying and had her hands around her head. I asked if she was OK. Obviously she wasn't. She mumbled something about pain and pressure in her head. I offered her my ear plugs and she took them quickly. She stopped hyper-ventilating and calmed down. Were they really such miraculous ear plugs or did my offer at least stop her panic?
I really didn't want them back so I gave her the little plastic case they came in. She accepted it and said, "You were a blessing." Later I heard her chatting in another language to someone on her cell phone as she put her coat around her bare midriff. She wished me a good day as I left the plane.
Getting to Princeton means a short air train ride, then the New Jersey Transit train to Princeton Junction, and then the Dinkey train to Princeton itself. Jeff picked me up at the station. It was an amazing five hours door to door and that's all.
One of the most important engagements of the holidays was Sam's kindergarten tea for grandparents. Sam gave me a tour of his classroom and then we worked together on a Venn diagram answering questions about how my kindergarten experience was different or the same as his. We were asked to bring an artifact from when we were a child. I had to pack lightly, so I chose a 3D viewer which turned out to be a big hit. Sam was very eager for me to show it. "Grandma, you go next," he said. I have heard that the little red viewers are going to be reincarnated with cell phones to show 3D videos.
It's always amazing and fun to see Laura, mother of four, in action. All four were in the bunk bed with her enjoying her company during the late afternoon hour.
Laura and Michael had a 8:30 dinner reservation at my suggestion. Alex refused to go to sleep before they left and finally gave in at around 9:50--when I sang him to sleep. Sam was still awake. Ruth was sound asleep. Good for her. Jasper showed me several exciting pages in the Guinness Book of World Records and I tried to be interested in the man that held 147 pounds by his ears and others of the same amazing abilities
And now all is quiet!