|The next morning, it was time to go home. |
Our flight was scheduled to leave at 8:25 a.m., so at 6:00 a.m., we dropped off our rental car and took the shuttle to the airport to catch our flight. Upon our arrival, a Skycap agent met us and helped us with our luggage; he brought us inside the airport and deposited us at the American Airlines counter…at the back of a long, long line. Oh, crap!
Even though it was below freezing in Atlanta, John went outside to check if curbside was any faster. There were only a few people in line out there, so he took our luggage out there to check us in. That cut our wait down by at least an hour! Soon, we were on our way to the gate to rest.
As soon as we boarded the plane that morning, Mary fell asleep in my arms. She awoke mid-flight, though, and became very fidgety. We tried to keep her entertained, but by the time we reached Dallas, she decided that it was time to throw what had to have been her worst temper tantrum ever. How embarrassing!
Fortunately, she redeemed herself on the Dallas-to-Phoenix segment of our flight. She fell asleep just before take-off and slept for most of the flight. It wasn't until after we landed that she became fidgety again…but by then, it was okay, because we were home!
Erika met us at the security checkpoint, where she came to tell us that she had borrowed something that belonged to us: our Jeep! Her Oldsmobile had broken down during the week, and, in need of a vehicle, she helped herself to our Jeep. She very much enjoyed driving it, but we had to wonder why she didn't take my new car - my new Dodge Intrepid - for a test drive!
The adventure didn't end once we got home. Mary was still very sick; her fever had shot back up again after we got home, and she was just not her normal, happy self. We finally resolved to take her to Urgent Care to have her examined - and treated, if necessary. It turned out that she had RSV and an ear infection (which explains the temper tantrum on the plane). Fortunately, she was healthy again by the next evening, and life went back to normal…relatively speaking, of course.
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