Friday, December 19, 2008

Travel trauma OR All I want for Christmas is my daughter safely home

*Sat AM update*
The girls somehow got split up and on different flights (?). The last word we got was that Sutton's flight will arrive about noon today and her friend's about an hour before that. Alerts are set to announce any flight changes. Hopefully the saga will be over soon.

*6:30pm Update*
The family who offered to drive the girls to Greensboro sent the mom home to get their Suburban so there would be enough room for our girls to accompany them. They've arrived in Greensboro, checked into the hotel rooms, refused to use the credit card Jimmy used to reserve the room and paid for it all themselves, and have now taken our girls out to dinner at Outback Steakhouse. How blessed are we?!

19 year old college daughter (and friend) stuck in Virginia in a foggy airport.

Frantic calls, one after another, to Dad reporting flight delay after delay.

Line after line is stood in; tears and panic creep in.

Airline finally cancels all flights out until MONDAY.

Dorms are closed, girls are stranded for three days.

Airline says if you can make it to Greensboro NC, we can get you out tomorrow morning.

Question is: how do we get daughter (and her friend) from Roanoke, VA to Greensboro, NC when they aren't old enough to rent a car? And then, where do they stay the night once there that will get them back to the airport for a 7:30am flight?

Oh, and the flight will go from NC to Atlanta, GA; from Atlanta to Cincinnati OH; from Cincinnati back down to Dallas.

Another family, also stranded, offers to drive our two girls along with their four children from Roanoke to Greensboro tonight. We offer to reserve and pay for three hotel rooms for them all in return for their kindness.

Helpless doesn't even begin to describe the feeling.

(Grandparents: I'll update as I know more.)


Gina said...

O.M.G.!! PLEASE keep us posted!

Amy Amy Bo Bamey said...

WOW, man that really stinks. So nice of those people to offer.

Anonymous said...

Ugggghhhh....I had that happen to me (& my brother!) a few times, and it is miserable from both ends. I'll think good thoughts!

Blogging Mama said...

How awesome is it for people coming together in time of need?

My parents were stranded in DC on Friday trying to get to us. It's crazy all over the US I guess!