[Aside: Sorry for a two week hiatus. You’ll see what I was up to from the next several blog posts.]
A business trip to the US allowed for me to fly back with my mom after her time in Switzerland. The timing was also perfect to make it to Atlanta to celebrate my nephew’s first birthday! I was thrilled at how all of the plans worked out prior to my departure.
Unfortunately, winter decided to wreak havoc in the northeast at the same time we were trying to fly to the States. And since United Airlines is completely incompetent when it comes to managing bad weather, we had a nightmare of a travel story. I’m choosing to spare you the details, but let’s just say it ranks among my top three worst travel stories.
It took 48 hours including 9 hours of flying, 11 hours of waiting in airports, 14 hours of driving, 3 hours of napping, roughly 6 hours on hold over the phone with United, 1 changed flight, and 1 cancelled flight to get from Switzerland to Atlanta, but at 9:00pm on January 4, we arrived in time to say HAPPY 1st BIRTHDAY!! Grateful for a couple of hours of celebration with family.
I absolutely love this little nugget. He is SO happy. He has a lot of smiley people in his life, but I like to think at least a little bit of his happy nature comes from his aunt. 😉 While it would be fun to be close enough to see him all the time, I am keeping in touch from a distance by sending postcards from all of the places I visit. (We all know how much I love snail mail.) I want him to always know he’s on my mind and in my heart – even when I’m far away. I want him to know he’s loved, and I want to be one of the people who can teach him about adventures and how fun it can be to explore new places. I want to teach him about the joy of setting goals and working to achieve them.
FaceTime will have to suffice until we’re together again, but I’m so excited to watch him grow in the coming year! I love being an aunt.