Flying Solo

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.


One thought on “Flying Solo

  1. Andee

    I don’t recall saying this sooner: so, so sorry about your grandpa, but I’m glad you were able to make the trip back and spend time with family. Hugs!

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