Ashes to…
Sunday April 18th 2010, 11:09 pm
Filed under: Friends,Life

Wait, I thought–you’re still here?

He commutes here once or twice a year from Sweden. I’ve never met his wife, although I’ve knitted her a scarf; I figure, when you live that near the Arctic Circle, a little warmth sent one’s way is always a good thing.

He was there in church last week, but then he was again today too.  I did a doubletake.  He’s like the Brigadoon of the ward, y’know?  But two Sundays?  He was talking to my husband and as I came up I overheard–oh of course. The volcano.

He had discovered Walmart, in answer to my asking.  He’s close to our taller son’s size; if we’d known we could have given him some great hand-me-downs.

We offered him dinner any night every night any time till he can get a flight back out.  He smiled, thanked us, and told us he had plans: his daughter was in college about 800 miles away and her semester was ending this week.  If by then they were still grounded, he was going to take his rental car, go get her, and they would do the sightseeing road trip they could only otherwise have dreamed of ever having the time to do together.

“Vol,” French for “fly,” can? No.  So. Don’t miss Carlsbad and the Grand Canyon on your way!

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What a trip that would be. I kinda’ hope things work out so he and his daughter have that trip…

Comment by Channon 04.19.10 @ 7:04 am

Given how long it may take to untangle all the delayed travel plans, maybe he should offer to stand down and take a later arrangement so they can take that trip.

Comment by Margo Lynn 04.19.10 @ 9:03 am

Oh, dear, grounded. Actually his plan to sightsee sounds pretty good.

Given that no one knows how long that cloud and dust will hover around, Cliff was wondering why the cruise lines don’t get into the act and start transporting people by water.

Fun –

I’m not a complete idiot — Some parts are just missing.

I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.

Comment by Don Meyer 04.19.10 @ 9:15 am

My husband has taken that road trip, one summer with his aunt and cousin, many years ago. One of his fondest memories of her. Here’s hoping your friend gets to share this time with his daughter!

Comment by RobinH 04.19.10 @ 9:39 am

It’s making lemonade out of lemons. Sightseeing and being able to see the Grand Canyon is a wonderful opportunity.

Comment by Joansie 04.19.10 @ 11:31 am

ah, yes. That volcano. The one that has stranded my husband in CA as well.
Lemonade is excellent!

Comment by Holly 04.19.10 @ 2:25 pm

That sounds like a great way to find the silver lining in a grounded flight!

Comment by Jocelyn 04.19.10 @ 3:00 pm

That volcanoe sure has discommoded a whole lotta people! glad he is taking it in good spirit instead of ranting and raving like so many

Comment by Carol 04.19.10 @ 6:10 pm

So I’m crossing my fingers for M&M, that they get their super trip. I guess the rest of his family would really like to get their dad/husband back. His wife sure was eager enough two days ago… 🙂

Comment by Monica 04.20.10 @ 7:25 am

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