I realized about an hour into our 11 1/2 hour flight from Osaka to Detroit that I hadn’t prepared enough toys and books. My kids love to draw, but Lilia dropped the only pen I’d brought and it rolled away, never to be found again. We wound up making a puppet out of the airsick bag and making shadow puppets with our hands. There was also a movie about a super hero family, which kept the kids occupied for about an hour. They had to sit on the armrests in order to be able to see over the seats in front of them. To make things more interesting, Jio woke up with swelling under his left ear. We’re thinking mumps. Oh, joy.