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!