For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. TEMPLO S.U.D.

    TEMPLO S.U.D. said, over 3 years ago

    I never visited my grandparents by myself without the parents… not even at Michael’s age. The only time my brother and I got to seem them was two years ago at a family reunion seeing some cousins and the cousins’ families… a few years after the grandparents’ deaths. In other words, my brother and I managed to to take solo drives to the cemetery and drive by their house.

  2. mischugenah

    mischugenah said, over 3 years ago

    I was about his age when my sister and I started making trips to our grandparents’ by ourselves.

  3. TheSkulker

    TheSkulker said, over 3 years ago

    @TEMPLO S.U.D.

    Tell you what – let’s trade. I got to see my grandparents a few times while they were alive.

    However, I suspect you had your mother available for most, if not all, of your youth – i didn’t.

    Mine died when I was only eight and was pretty sickly for most of those. So I would much rather be in your shoes.

  4. Sportymonk

    Sportymonk said, over 3 years ago

    Michael is not truly going alone. He is going to be put on a plane where he cannot wander of or go anywhere until they stop and somebody is there to meet him. A little different than driving somewhere by yourself.

  5. Sportymonk

    Sportymonk said, over 3 years ago

    BTW, how many assumed it was a jet rather than a plane?

  6. lightenup

    lightenup said, over 3 years ago

    I agree, Mike. The first time you do something that is “grown-up” is a bit scary. My oldest doesn’t like staying at home by herself even though it’s only 20 minutes and her friends love it (yes, she’s old enough).

  7. Jean

    Jean said, over 3 years ago

    my son went to see his grandmother on a plane by himself for the first time when he was 6. Back in the day children were totally supervised start to finish and they let him go into the cockpit and talk to the pilot and he loved it. In fact he went every year until he was 12 or 13. Michael will enjoy the flight.

  8. Coffee-Turtle

    Coffee-Turtle said, over 3 years ago

    Is he excited or worried?

  9. sundogusa

    sundogusa said, over 3 years ago

    I rode a train at age 12—-all by myself. I’m sure my mom freaked, while my dad just shrugged his shoulders. I think the world was a little bit safer back in the 60s!

  10. Macushlalondra

    Macushlalondra said, over 3 years ago

    It does seem like a daunting experience, but they must believe the stewardesses will take good care of him until he’s met by his grandparents.

  11. AndiK

    AndiK said, over 3 years ago

    My friend had to do this if she wanted to go see her dad every summer. She loved it. I would not have.

  12. route66paul

    route66paul said, over 3 years ago

    The world, even here in the US, wasn’t any safer. Knowledge of the abuses inflicted on the innocent was. Children were chattel, what their parents did and did not do was only their business. A runaway was a “bad” kid, even when leaving an impossible situation – they were fair game to pimps and panderers.

  13. sbwertz

    sbwertz said, over 3 years ago

    spent the whole summer, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, with my grandparents from the time I was 5 until I was 17. Some of the happiest memories of my life.

  14. sbwertz

    sbwertz said, over 3 years ago

    My child-on-plane story: Years ago, my 5 yr old niece was flying out to stay with me for a while during a family emergency. I ran into a traffic jam on the freeway and was late getting to the Phoenix Airport. I was literally RUNNING through the airport, trying to get to the gate before her plane landed. I came around a corner and ran hard into a very large man and it knocked me flat on my back. I heard a VERY familiar voice say “Are you OK little lady?” Then John Wayne reached down and grabbed me by the shoulders and set me back on my feet. He had a ranch outside Phoenix and used to fly in all the time. For one of the few times in my life, I was absolutely speechless!

  15. Gokie5

    Gokie5 said, over 3 years ago

    I believe I dragged my mom to junior high on the first day. I was twelve. (We had a school bus available to take us.) I was also afraid to ride the city bus – I feared the driver wouldn’t see me pulling the cord to get off (if I could have reached it – I was quite short then, but grew12" in the eighth grade). I feared I’d be taken to the end of the line and would be hopelessly lost forever. Glad I didn’t have to ride a plane cross country – but it would have been a Greyhound bus.

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