Q&A Wednesday: Window Shade?!

by Mindy Lockard on August 11, 2009

Airplane flight - view from the seat

This weeks Q&A is an actual conversation I had with Elle, my six-year-old, on a recent flight leaving San Francisco.

Elle’s Q: Mom may I open my window shade? (the one she shared with Mr. Silicon Valley sitting behind her)

Me: Yes, but you need to turn around and ask the gentleman if he minds that you open it.

Elle: What? (color falling from her face.) What do I say?

Me: Excuse me, Sir. Do you mind if I open the window shade?

Elle: Do I have to say Sir?

Me: No. Don’t fret over it,  just turn around and ask. You will wish you had when we are flying by the Golden Gate Bridge

Elle: Rock. Paper. Scissors to ask?

Me: Okay (Pulled out all of my rochambeau  stops and won a victory with the rock)

Elle: High-five on the side?

Me: Sure. (Another win synched with a wicked “Too slow Joe”… humbly speaking of course)

Elle: Pleeeeaaaasssseeee, mom, will you just do this one thing for me?

Me: Elle I am doing this for you.  You need to feel comfortable talking to others especially where manners are concerned.

Elle: (quietly, peering through the crack of the seats) Excuse me, may I open the window shade?


Me: (whispering) Louder…

Elle: (a bit louder) Excuse me, do you mind if I open the window shade?

Mr. Silicon Valley: Huh? Oh. Not at all.  Thank you so much for asking!

With a twinkle in her eye, she opened the shade for a view of the Golden Gate Bridge and a lesson learned in flying the friendly skies!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Mrs. Newlywed 08.12.09 at 2:03 am

That is a great tip!

I used to travel almost every week for my job, and I was often trying to sleep on my 6 AM flights…without fail there would be a child in front of me who opened the shade. I wish more parents would think to have their children ask!

Preppy Pink Crab 08.12.09 at 4:44 am

so sweet! Way to teach manners!

Oofie 08.13.09 at 4:58 am

Mrs. Lockard,

You are such a talented young woman, and truly beautiful from the inside out!!! You and Mr. Lockard are doing a magnificent job raising the next generation! What a great story!

Your’s Truly,


admin 08.13.09 at 5:12 am

Good morning, Mom,

Thank you for your gracious words! I learned from the best.

Miss you…

Lisa 08.14.09 at 5:25 am

Brilliant story!!

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