Lucie has two grandmothers, two grandfathers, one uncle and two moms. So it was nice for her to see her extended family in Michigan, though I do wish it were under better circumstances. With the passing of her great grandpa, Lucie and I hopped on a plane to visit grandparents, great aunts, great uncles, second cousins, first cousins once removed, and a great grandmother.
Here is what we learned during our long weekend away:
– Even after five or six years, the crisp, clean fall air in the midwest still smells the same. As they say in Michigan, “It’s just soh dahrn fan-tahstic.”
– There is nothing more touching than a 21-gun salute, “Taps” and a flag ceremony to honor a U.S. veteran.
– Surprisingly, a last-minute ticket to Michigan with two layovers costs about the same as a first-class ticket with one stop. Hmmmm… hard decisions.
– Playing the funeral card helps a great deal when the baby begins to fuss on a plane (I mentioned it once to a seat mate, and that overheard comment elicited a cabin-full of awes).
– If that fails, shake the hair out of the pony tail, peel off the fleece jacket, and watch the unsolicited offers to help/lift/carry/hold roll in.