Plane Journeys with a 4 year old
Sunday, September 10th, 2006 Sep 10th, 2006 leave a response

My advice? Don’t do it. Or find some legal way of drugging the little darling.
My daughter is a sweetie but I seriously wanted to murder her about 6 hours into our return journey from the UK. She was bored sitting in her tiny space, she wanted to jump up and down and jiggle her hair and scream-and so did I but for slightly different reasons. I felt so bad for the very nice guy who had to sit next to us.

I was deeply grateful for the large activity and sticker book I picked up for her in the Early Learning Center. We colored and stickered for hours. At least she didn’t throw up on the return journey altho she had great fun pretending to do so-just to keep me on my toes of course!

I didn’t get to read a page of my book either way. I must confess I did stick my ipod on for about 40 minutes so I couldn’t hear her too well-but I swear I still continued to crayon and smile brightly.

The wedding was lovely. The reception was held in a very old posting house (inn) called The Angel on Guildford High Street. Apparently Jane Austen and the Duke of Wellington stayed there-not sure if that was at the same time but it certainly was historic. Our room was up in the eaves of the house through several winding corridors, fire doors and dead ends which made me worry that I’d need to leave a trail of breadcrumbs behind me to ever find it again.

My daughter couldn’t quite believe how many aunties, uncles and cousins she had and spent quite a while hiding behind me until she realized that everyone was delighted to see her and that she could run around from group to group. Everyone seemed to have a great time although we had to go to bed just after nine because of the jet lag. My daughter fell asleep on the couch so I arranged her pillows and covers over her and left her be.

I managed to get in a little shopping. Mainly for sweets, crisps and biscuits which all my boys back home, including Mr Kate were eagerly anticipating. Actually,they all complained that I should’ve brought more. But I was a bit worried how I would explain a suitcase full of tea bags and Haribo at customs.

I even went to the old sweet shop in Bishops Stortford (my old home town) where they still measure the sweets out of a big jar just to get my favorite toffee bon-bons. This shop smells just like the one I used to go to as a child to buy my dad’s favorite request-‘half oz of golden virginia and a packet of green papers’ Never occurred to me that I was aiding his smoking habit.

It’s good to be back. After eight years in the USA I don’t really feel like I quite belong in England any more-although I don’t feel I quite belong in California either (but who does?)Emotionally I’m somewhere in between as half my family are in the UK and my own family, Mr Kate and the kids, are in the US. My kids don’t really remember England at all so all their memories are here.

Writing news-I came back to find that Harlequin Mills and Boon had rejected my Regency set historical “Dishonor and Desire” but said some very nice things about my writing.
Ellora’s Cave have bought the follow-up to ‘Eden’s Pleasure’ which is called
“Antonia’s Bargain” and concentrates on the other twin, Gideon Harcourt.I’m very pleased with this one.
Romantic Times only gave me 2 stars for EP ouch-I think my subject matter was a little out there for the reviewer although she did say I showed promise.
As Mr Kate said-all publicity is good publicity!

I’m trying to write a shortish story to get me back in the writing groove so I’d better get on!

5 comments to “Plane Journeys with a 4 year old”

  1. MariaGeraci
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      · September 12th, 2006 at 9:42 am · Link

    Kate,
    I’m so glad you’re back! We missed you. Sounds like you and Miss Sophy had quite an adventure (g)
    And Congratulations on EC buying Antonia’s Bargain! But there was never any question in my mind about that!



  2. Celia Kyle
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      · September 13th, 2006 at 4:23 pm · Link

    Welcome back Kate! I can’t imagine having a 4 yr old let alone travelling with one. You’re a stronger woman than I. Yay for EC picking up Antonia’s Bargain! Can’t wait to read it.

    CK



  3. Kate Pearce
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      · September 13th, 2006 at 5:31 pm · Link

    Maria-I’m glad to be back too-I wasn’t sure we were going to make it! And thanks about AB-I love that story too.

    Celia-welcome to my blog and thanks about AB-It’s a good story if I do say so myself!!



  4. Debra Parmley
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      · September 16th, 2006 at 5:08 am · Link

    Kate,
    I’m glad you had such a good visit “back home” and my hat is off to you, traveling with a yr old. (Couple that with jet lag -oh, I can just imagine!)
    Welcome ba



  5. Kate Pearce
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      · September 16th, 2006 at 8:52 pm · Link

    Thanks Debra!
    I’m glad to be back!



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