The toddler screams when I wake him at 3 am, I smile.
The toddler tantrum giving up his shoes and coat at security, I smile.
The baby jumps up and down on my lap for 2 hours, I smile.
The toddler needs to potty but we are going to miss our flight, I run fast and smile.
The baby screams when she dumps her water in her lap, I smile.
The baby’s ears start hurting, I stand, rock her screaming and smile.
Ten hours later she is still crying, I continue to rock her and smile.
Through three security checks, three countries with them both, I smile.
The toddler shouts out that he needs to poo, the seat belt sign turns on, I embarrassingly smile.
He takes his time pooing, 30 minutes later, I apologize to the line and smile.
The pilot makes an announcement that stops the toddler’s movie, he screams, I smile.
The baby wants to walk and crawl everywhere but in front of me, she screams, I smile.
We barely make our third flight, the toddler pees his pants, I smile.
Dragging our two suitcase to reclaim and recheck with them both in tote, I smile.
Both fall into a deep sleep on the flight and it lands, neither want to wake up, I smile.
I see a glimpse of my mother in the arrivals hall, I cry happy tears!
I am home. I smile.
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