Sunday, August 28, 2011

Going With the Flow

     It has been an interesting few days at our house. My daughter, who lives in Orlando, flew into New York's JFK airport on Thursday, with plans to stay until late Monday afternoon. She was supposed to be going to a wedding on Sunday, at an aquarium on Long Island. She was staying on Long Island with friends at their home. Well, we all know what has been happening along the East Coast. I wasn't thrilled that she was going on Thursday, but I also knew that at 26, I would really have to "pull rank" to get her to cancel the trip. I really wanted her to make her own decision about what to do. 

     By Thursday night, the wedding had been pushed up to Friday evening at the home of one of the bridesmaids. The gorgeous cake wasn't ready, the caterer couldn't prepare the food, so the food came from Costco. The groom was from Australia and most of his family got in ahead of the wedding, they Skyped the ceremony to those who couldn't make it. It certainly didn't turn out to be the lavish wedding that was planned, but my daughter said it was still wonderful. On Friday morning my daughter called after watching the reports that Irene was going to make a direct hit on Long Island. She was ready to get out of there. She wasn't afraid for her life, but she was afraid of being stuck in New York without power and water. She is supposed to be back at work on Tuesday and really needed to get there. Our family has been through 2 hurricanes in Florida, so we know how bad it can be. So, we started to scramble. We flew her from JFK to Chicago O'Hare yesterday morning. We drove to Chicago to pick her up and brought her home until tomorrow morning. We will then take her to Indianapolis to catch a flight back to Orlando.

     Unexpected airline tickets...$600.
12 hours spent in the car driving to airports...$200
Having my daughter out of harms way...PRICELESS!

Sometimes you just have to do what you have to do and as my mother always said,
Go With the Flow!













14 comments:

Barbara F. said...

Hi Sue, well, all I can say is I am thankful for many reasons including your daughter being safe and sound. I never lost power or cable, so that kept me calm. I would say it was not anything like the news was predicting (what a surprise) from where I live, other parts of SI were flooded and lost power. xo

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Oh wow! Glad she was able to get a flight out of NY before everything was canceled, and she is safe.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I am so happy you are all safe and sound. Also thankful she will be able to get home on time. Such a shame that several that I have heard of had to change their wedding plans. I am sure it was a special event anyway. Hugs, Marty

Designs By Pinky said...

I am glad you all are OK and I would ahve done the same thing. We were without power from 9PM last night til 10 AM this morning but that is SO much better than predicted. XO, Pinky

JRFrugalMom said...

Extra Bonus....having you daughter close by even if it is only brief! It sounds like quite a few days, but I am glad to hear that your daughter is safe.

mountain mama said...

yeah...i'm a big fan of go with the flow too :)

Patrice said...

You did good...I feel sorry for the couple getting married, though!

Pondside said...

You are so right! I'm glad to hear that all ended well.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Sue,
Glad to hear all went well with the wedding in spite of the storm!
Glad your daughter is safe too!
Hugs to you,
Cindy

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Oh my goodness, what a dramatic weekend for those concerned. What a wonderful Mum and Dad you are.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

How wonderful that the wedding was held in spite of Irene's unwelcome visit. Glad that your daughter's home safe and sound.

xinex said...

You are so right, Sue. I am just glad your daughter is safe and you can't buy that peace of mind....Christine

Maria said...

Wow, Sue!
A+ on all your efforts!
There's nothing like peace of mind ♥
and love of family*
~Maria

Angie said...

What a great support system you had in place to get her out of the city. And great to know she was still able to celebrate with her friends on their big day.