The plane takes off at 11 p.m. this evening. We leave our house a mere 5 hours earlier for the airport; traffic, general Third World chaos, and Brazilian air traffic controllers (of which there are apparently too few) are contributing to the need to muck about in Guarulhos earlier than the normal 4 hours. Should we make it through security in a timely fashion, we will head directly to duty free. We have had a few of our own mishaps at the xray machine and now as a family take bets on who will get the dunce award for packing stuff they shouldn’t. The Brazilians have confiscated a silver pie server studded with a semi-precious stone (my bad) and quite a few pairs of scissors (the kids), a few of which are still left on display for other dunces to see in the acrylic dropbox. You would think we’d learn. Right before 9/11 I’d also packed steak knives in my carry on. These were discovered, as one would hope, returned to the ticket counter, and issued their own luggage claim. At least I got them back; somewhere in Sao Paulo, someone is enjoying a very posh pie server.
But back to duty free. It calms my nerves. Britsy tells me I have to have one of these YSL lip pens and the accompanying under eye concealer. So, I am on the hunt. I still have to look up the rules for duty-free liquor – am not sure that won’t get confiscated in the US. But what I wouldn’t give for a Famous Grouse at the other end! Then there is chocolate and gum for all. We will be passing on tobacco and eletronics.
My husband has generously plied me with airline currency with which to purchase whisky on board. After everyone is settled I will swallow half a lorazepam with some whisky and finger my necklace with the cross, Virgin Mary from Lebanon, Virgin Mary from Mexico, and locket with photo of Angel, daughter #1. Curently, we are seated at the back of the plane. While close to the loo, this makes for a bumpy ride over Amazon. Faith, booze & tranquilizers bring me ever closer to my family! If not, this might be the world’s shortest blog. See you in snowy Seattle and say a prayer for our safe arrival.