I almost forgot, in all the exictement and busy-ness of returning to work, getting a cast put on my little guy's arm, remembering awkward moments, and reminiscing about wonderful books I've read, that I owe you an update on my opinion of Southwest Airlines after my return trip across the country. So, here's the recap:
The return flight boarded promptly and departed on time, despite rainy weather at BWI.
As we boarded the plane, the pilots invited my kids to take a peek into the cockpit, and cheerfully responded to my little guy's questions about how they could know "which one of all those buttons to push?!?"
The flight attendants were cheerful and kind. They joked around a little, showing that they are human and have a sense of humor.
They listened sympathetically while my little guy told them how he fell off the rope swing and fractured his arm.
They brought us ample snacks (cookies, cheesy crackers, and honey-roasted peanuts -- the usual Southwest fare) and drinks soon after departure, and then offered more several times throughout the flight. (I have to say, though, it's a good thing I brought along some real food, or that might have seemed pretty lame for a 5 hour flight.)
They collected "service items" frequently, but never demanded the return of anything.
And -- here's the best part! -- one of the flight attendants told me I look like Sandra Bullock.
It's not the first time I've heard it, but it's the first time in about two years, so I was starting to think I was getting too old to look like her any longer. But apparently either Sandra is looking older, too, or I don't look as old as I was thinking I might. Either way, it's good for the ego to be told that one looks like a movie star.
So it's official. (Flattery works!) Southwest is now LegalMist's favorite airline EVER!
You should all fly Southwest from now on.
Trust me, it's worth the discount price. :)
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The airport security folks, however, don't get such high marks. Check back tomorrow for my rant about that.