To avoid travel problems, it's best to stay home. That way you wouldn't:
- find out your flight is delayed over 2 hours and that you will miss your connection and stay in a hotel in the connecting city for a flight at 7 a.m.
- stand outside a gas station in Durham North Carolina, terrified that someone in your party was having a serious food reaction
- wait for one and a half hours to get hotel vouchers in connecting city so that you are at hotel for less than 5 hours
- notice that only one of the three of you has an assigned seat on this flight and that the flight is overbooked
I can see that not everyone wants those things to happen to them. And all of them have happened to my family within the last 24 hours. But if we hadn't travelled, we would have also missed:
- a wonderful beach trip that included my parents
and, within the last 24 hours,
- a chance to talk to and cheer on fellow travellers as we all worked to sort out our travel issues and get on with our lives
- a little extra attention (and free breakfast) on this morning's flight because our tickets somehow indicated what we had been through
- a remarkably nice, albeit quick, sleep in a reasonably nice hotel
- the profound relief that there was no food reaction and a chance to view the rest of this situation in perspective
It was kind of my goal through the ordeal to get back to our living room. I will go there and read through my mail. But I don't want to stay in the living room too long. There was a time in my life when I wore out a couch cushion from sitting on it so much. That wasn't good for me or the couch (we had to replace it). A lot of living happens outside the living room and if sometimes I end up tired and upset and a little frantic in an airport after 11 at night, it's just a part of the adventure. But I'm glad we're home.