I am fascinated by technology in general, but I think that airplanes are a miracle. They’re huge, and yet they fly and it boggles my mind. Also, just like many TCK’s and ATCK’s, I feel perfectly fine at airports. They’re neither here nor there, neither the beginning of your journey, nor the end of it. I love airplanes, and one of my dreams is to fly in the cockpit of a plane and understand how all of these switches and buttons work.
As a child, I would often wave at airplanes, and think that maybe the people would see me and wave back. I would wonder where they were flying and what they’ll be doing at their destination. My husband is also fascinated by airplanes and he often reads about different airlines and types of machines. It is through this fascination that he discovered a great website called Flight Radar 24. It allows you to follow all the flights and find information such as destination or airline.
One of the great things about living in the Netherlands is that it’s small. We live in the vicinity of two airports: Rotterdam International Airport, a smaller airport for cheap airlines and Amsterdam Schiphol, one of Europe’s biggest airports. So, we often see airplanes flying over our heads.
Before you could only wonder where they’re going. Now you can know. You can point to a certain airplane and tell exactly where it’s going. What’s even way cooler, you can point to the sky and say: “we’ll soon see an airplane here, it’s going from London to New Delhi, and is operated by Air India”. This is the power of technology. Klara loves doing that with her father. When the weather is good, I often see them sitting in our backyard in front of the computer and talking about airplanes.
You can use airplanes as a starting point to explain all about other countries and cultures and explaining your child’s roots. For example, when there’s a plan headed for a country where we’ve been, we say that we used to live there. When there’s a plane from Poland or Germany, we say that the grandparents live there. On top of that, in our case, this is the perfect father-daughter bonding experience.
They both love it. And who knows, maybe it will kindle Klara’s fascination with technology, leading her to become an engineer? Maybe it will cause her to fly and see the world and learn all about other cultures? I think that you can turn every situation into an opportunity to teach your child cultural appreciation, and this is really a great one.
Do you also love airplanes? Do you also wonder where they’re going? Do you want to know? Tell me in the comments!