Monday, August 30, 2010
Puerto Rico: An Adventure to the End
No plane. All flights cancelled. Roads were flooded and jammed. It was dangerous to even be out and about driving. While they waited, wondering what to do, some good friends came and got them, and took them in for the night. Mia was excited to have a slumber party with her friends. Katie and Zach are exhausted, and I doubt anyone is sleeping tonight, with the wind howling, and everyone wondering if they'll be able to fly out tomorrow. (And even if they do, their flight is to Houston, arriving at 8pm. Their flight to Phoenix doesn't connect until 8am the next morning... Katie was trying to improve that scenario last time we spoke tonight.)
It's a frustrating feeling not being able to help. The most I can do is get them a hotel room in Houston if they need it. I can't get her through this little slice of Crazy Town. The thing I'm most grateful for tonight is the cluster of really good friends that have surrounded them, and continue to support them, in Puerto Rico. These girls, and their families, have together made life in Puerto Rico a joy - even though they're all so far away from home. They've enjoyed and celebrated the beauty of Puerto Rico, and have laughed and cried together about the things that make it nuts. I couldn't have asked for a more wonderful group of people for my daughter to sign up with. It's been an interesting, wonderful, aggravating, absolutely incredible three years in a foreign country that's also part of the good old USA.
I think Puerto Rico is just giving Katie a big sloppy wet kiss goodbye. In the form of Earl. Enjoy the moisture while you can. Safe travels, Hatch family. Puerto Rico will soon be just a blue ocean white sand memory.