There is nothing like an airport fiasco to seemingly erase all of the rest and rejuvenation that was gained while on vacation. We had a wonderful time on the cruise, but the trip home was wrought with snafus. What should have been a simple flight resulted in over 10 hours sitting in an airport terminal, on the floor, unsure if we were going to make it home at all. All of the stress that had slowly evaporated in the warm sun resurfaced through the experience.
into the airport terminal on crutches and in considerable pain, I was
eager simply to sit down and to wait for our plane to be called.
Unfortunately the terminal was crowded, and all of the seats were taken.
This is not the first time I have been in this situation, yet every time
it happens I am shocked and disheartened. Despite my obvious
mobility impairment, not one able bodied individual stood to offer me
his seat! Perhaps most surprising were the children who remained
seated next to their parents. Without doubt, I know that it would only
take one look and a slight nudge for Robby to stand up and forfeit his
Desperate to get off of my feet, I ended up
sitting on the floor, under the charging station. I didn't realize that I
would take up residency in this spot for the next ten hours. Between
flight delays and mechanical malfunctions, we didn't leave Florida until
nearly midnight. Coupled with the long drive from the airport, we
didn't arrive home until nearly 4:00 Sunday morning.
Robby never complained about the
painfully long wait in the airport. He
simply sat under the table with me, watching videos and playing his DS. I
was delighted and surprised by how accepting he was about the
situation. I had anticipated hours of endless whining and destructive
boredom that never came. The only whining that was heard originated from
Scott who does not embrace travel delays gracefully!
was proud of Robby for remaining so well-behaved during the long travel
day. However, it turns out that his quiet and accepting demeanor may
not have been the result of good parenting but rather a symptom of
another issue. He woke up Sunday morning with a high fever, a cough and
complaining of a headache. In retrospect, he was probably not feeling
well enough at the airport to be active and bored.
** On a side note, I have uploaded our cruise pictures. Visit www.dropshots.com/schenoweth to check them out. Feel free to leave comments... **