January 4, 2013

A Canuck in Kantuck: Dealing with the Christmas delay


LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — December 23

My morning starts with this message from Matthew: “Different plane, but seat belt chime won’t turn off again. Flight delayed. Saying planes made in Brazil and not used to Canadian winters.”

Starting to feel desperate. If they don’t take off today, no one would blame them if they just scrapped the whole thing and stayed in Edmonton for Christmas. Badly want to see my little brother.

Finally, the flight leaves Edmonton and heads to Minneapolis. Matthew and Jennie miss their connection to Lexington, but manage to get a flight that arrives in Louisville at 6 p.m. William and Peter get ready for a five-hour return drive to pick them up and I put off dinner until the following day.

At 9 p.m., Matthew and Jennie arrive. Their lost luggage arrives at 4 a.m.

December 26

With bags packed and the fridge empty, we all head to Lexington airport ready for Fort Myers and its warm, breezy climes. My mom, Peter, Matthew and Jennie are leaving on a flight to Charlotte at 4:20, we leave for Atlanta at 5. But when we get through security and run into them, we see serious frowns.

“It started snowing and the flight from Charlotte didn’t have the proper snow gear to land,” Peter announces. “Even though they were ten minutes from Lexington, they turned back to go to Charlotte.”

“I’ll give you a buck and high five for your seat,” Matthew jokes with my stepdaughter Gabrielle.

She doesn’t laugh.

We get to our gate and board accordingly for Atlanta. But, because of the very few flakes of snow, our plane needs to be de-iced, a process that takes 47 minutes — the same 47 minutes we had to make our connection in Atlanta to Fort Myers. We miss our flight to Fort Myers and are put on standby.

In the meantime, the flight to Charlotte is canceled entirely and my family is given stunningly bad news.

“Can’t get out until Saturday by plane. We are driving to Florida. Will be in touch,” the text message from Peter reads.

An hour later, I get another one from Matthew: “Just got picked up for speeding and the officer informed us we were going the wrong way.”

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Now that school is out, what are your family’s summer vacation plans?

A. No major plans. We will probably hang out around Laurel County.
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