6.06.2012

perspective.


Okay, Life. I get it. It's super funny that I can't get to a place on the globe that I wasn't really jazzed about to begin with. And it's hilarious that after this post...you've made me put my money where my mouth is.

You've had your laughs. Joke over.

Last night, we all boarded another plane as planned, Kuwait Flight Attempt #2. Just before the cabin door shut, a man became sick. All over the place. Things went downhill from there. After three pointless tarmac hours...we were kicked off and told we'd have to come back the next day for Kuwait Flight Attempt #3. So at 2:30am, after being refused my baggage for a second time, I took a taxi to an insanely priced hotel in Virgina...my only choice as everything else was booked. Completely out of clothing options, I showered and crawled in bed wearing a towel, promising to purchase cheap new threads in the AM.

oh my lands. new threads! thank you, anthro sales rack for new
earrings, shirts and good smelling soap.

Tonight we'll all board again, and hold our breath that we might make it to Kuwait. There are moments in the past three days where I just wanted to lose my crap. But yesterday, I met a fellow passenger on our flight, a soldier home on leave from Afghanistan. He'd gotten special leave because his wife had given birth to a little baby boy, Fletcher. He lit up while telling me about his days with one-week-old Fletcher, even showing me the sweetest little hospital nursery pictures. Rather than spending these insane past three days with his wife and little baby Fletcher, he's spent his time at an airport Cinnabon and waiting in lines to get hotel vouchers.

If anyone in the world gets to be upset about this situation, it is not me. It is that man. It's that new father.

My birthday is on Friday, Life. All I really want in this world is for little Fletcher's daddy to make it safely back to Afghanistan. And maybe come home for Fletcher's first Christmas.

Put a bow on that, and we're good, Life. We're good.

27 comments:

  1. I absolutely love your birthday wish. Here's praying!

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  2. that's insane. third time is the charm, right? amazing how hearing another person's story can change our own perception of a situation. praying for the rest of your journey. and fletcher's dad too.

    hannah

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  3. Please get Fletcher's daddy's contact info if possible...pretty sure our little corner of the blogosphere would love to thank him for his service to our country, his sacrifice from home and family, and his story that has helped you find a silver lining with your fresh perspective on your Groundhog Day travels!!!

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  4. I adore you. I wish I lived in DC so then you could stay with me and I could feed you comfort food. If you get stuck in Charlotte let me know ;)

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  5. Oh hun this just gets more depressing I wish I could help you some way or another :( I'll send good vibes your way and pray to God that you make it to Kuwait on this 3rd flight. Love to you and Gabe xxx

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  6. YOU KEEP MAKING ME ALL TEARY!!!


    I think I'd be beyond pissed right about now if i were you but i do wish you safe travels for when you eventually take off.

    Do you have time to explore DC a little bit? Silver lining???

    x

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  7. how wonderfully positive you are with those whole trip to kuwait!! Happy early birthday too by the way! today is actually my birthday! haha june babies we are! <3 have a safe flight #3 and may all passengers be well and get there safely and happily! I will pray for baby fletcher and his father to spend more time together in the coming year! *cheers* to silver linings and happy days!

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  8. My goodness ... You win for travel nightmare stories. So sweet of you to think of someone else when you are going through such an awful situation yourself. You clearly have a very big heart. My thoughts are with both you and Fletcher's dad!

    Loulou

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  9. Haha, earrings, dress and good smelling soap - love it.
    Anna
    jewelry subscription boxes

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  10. Oh my goodness! & here I thought I had bad airport experiences (i.e. getting kicked off a too-full flight & not being able to find another one for 3 days...then having to rent a car with 4 random strangers in the same situation to get to our final destination).

    Sweet story, & Safe travels!
    p.s. love your blog!

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  11. Your perspective is so refreshing and so positive. I will be thinking about Fletcher and his dad and all the other kids and parents out there who are going through a similar thing. Your perspective and your positivity will get you through this!

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  12. You are honestly such an amazing person I hope you realize how awesome you are doll!!

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  13. only you could endure that and come out looking amazing!! seriously.

    i hope you're winging it across the ocean right now, safe and sound and not turning around!

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  14. I know this has to be so annoying! But I love that little Fletcher's daddy put things into perspective for you, and it is so great of you to see that rather than complain! Hope you made it!

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  15. oh no! not again. I don't mean to be creepy or out of line, but I live just outside of DC, so if - God forbid - something else happens, email me and I'll see if I can help with anything. betsytransatlantically@gmail.com

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  16. SO i think it is so awesome that you bought a new pair of earrings to go with your new outfit to travel lol That is something I would have done :) I pray you have a safe trip to Kuwait! Quite a journey!

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  17. Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry! Here's hoping you make it there tonight! And I think that families like that one might be the saddest, worst part about war - the parents who don't get to see their kids, or fathers who have to wait months to meet their son or daughter...
    Good luck, and happy almost birthday!
    <3 Kiersten

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  18. You made me tear up in Starbucks. You are so lively! Essings!

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  19. You are so amazingly positive despite the situation. And what a wonderful birthday wish!

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  20. I just teared up in a starbucks too!! so sweet. Whenever I am sad or frustrated I do realize that other people have it worse and I should stay positive. But that is easier said than done!! Your story just made it easier though. Now, when my frustration is coming from petty selfishness I will definitely think of Fletcher and his family! What a journey you are on!

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  21. My wife and I separated Last year September, I will agree I wasn't true to myself and her. But i did all I could let her have a good life I did put all my energy into our little family as we have 2 beautiful kids.because I worked As a waiter she didn't really like that for a career, she thought i didn't want to do well in my life. last year as the harsh finance situation hit as we've been suffering with our finance for a while she decided to end our marriage. which i was very devastated!! to lose the love of my life, but a month after separation i went to France for 10days to clear my head. when i got back she wanted me back but she didn't want romantic side of it a month after xmas she told me again that she cant do it anymore as our finance was at lowest. then we made a decision to end it to sort our lives out...but my prayer everyday for her to realize that i am not a loser all i wanted is to do what i could to put food on the table and roof over their head. since the second separation i am qualified football coach and fitness instructor and doing more toward my career but I don't want to get into a relationship with another woman when my wife and I suffered all of this years when my career takes of shes not there to enjoy it with me..I really want her back in my life so i contacted this spell caster Meruja owo who now help me to bring her back, we now have a happy family together with my wife. If you want his help you reach him via email at merujaowo101@live.com you are well come!

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  22. Sometimes, it takes but one little thing to put things into perspective. This is a wonderful post.

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  23. Good luck! I would be completely our of patience by now and so freaking bored. You are a much better person than I.

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  24. Awh, I hope that you get on board soon and are headed to Kuwait. I'll keep little Fletcher's daddy in my thoughts! I'm a new follower to your blog, but I absolutely love it!

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  25. Wow, what a trek! Thanks to your instagram I know you've finally landed safe and sound!!!! So glad you and your hubby are together again. xo

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  26. so sweet. and i'm so glad you're insane trip has finally landed you next to your hubby. (ps: military references make me weepy since the fiance is in the AF}. love reading ur stuff! happy birthday :)

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  27. Happy, happy birthday!

    I've had a few trips where that 3rd time's the charm rule was in effect!

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