This year Thanksgiving was almost complete with everyone home for the holiday including extended family. Caley made it in just fine and I got to help surprise her by bringing Jacob (boyfriend) to help pick her up at the airport. She was so surprised! We were able to keep her from finding out and she practically tackled him when she saw him. She spent most of Thursday with Jacob and his family which was fine because we did our big Thanksgiving on Friday. Thursday we went to Will’s family and spent the evening hanging out with them.
Friday Caley helped me cook and we had quite the spread of food. It was nice to have Will, all 3 of my parents (both dad’s and mom), Jacob, Caley, Nick and his friends all come to hang out and eat. Only one missing was John, which I really hope figures out family loves him. It is more important to show up than to spend time with some crazy person he doesn’t even like. Still hoping he will learn that lesson, but not holding my breath. We had way too much food and lots of deserts! Nick actually went shopping a little in the morning which was a first because he is not the shipping type.
Saturday evening Will and I took Caley and Nick to dinner and the mall. It was nice to have them home and spend some time together. Of course they had friends to hang out with and do things with most of the later evenings. Nick had friends stay the night and went swimming in the hot tub after a few crazy dives in the 48 degree pool. 😳 Caley pulled an all-nighter because she had an early flight at 6:30am Sunday!
I took her to the airport about 5am and strangely enough ran into a friend of mine from the office that was also dropping their kid off at the airport to go back to college. Caley was not excited that she was doubled checked in the security line and they took a few things from her at the checkpoint, including her heat protectant for her hair, a pair of scissors and a tube of paint from her art supplies. All of which came on the plane to get home. 😑 Her day just kept getting better and I don’t mean in a good way. Once she got to Atlanta, we discovered the Greyhound rep gave her the wrong ticket from the wrong location to get to Savannah. After over an hour on the phone, 3 reps and 1 hang-up (on her) we were able to get some things straightened out. Why they have to make things so diffficult, I will never know! She wasn’t going to make it to Savannah and would miss some classes if we didn’t get her there Sunday.
This mom went into action! I made a post in the SCAD Parent Relations group on facebook and within a few minutes I started getting responses! You see all the Greyhound busses were full, Savannah 16 (another bus type transport) would not let us buy a ticket so close to departure time and not having someone to drive her, I didn’t know what else to do. A parent posted the owner’s name and number for Savannah 16 and I immediately called him and boom, she had a ticket! All that while she was still on the phone with Greyhound! They agreed to refund the money which I was surprised after the last fiasco we had with them! I was almost in tears when I talked to Mike at Savannah 16 and so happy to be able to get her home! He definitely saved the day!!! This was a nicer bus than Greyhound for sure and she was very happy to make it back with some other SCAD students as well. Next time she goes in and out of Atlanta, that will be the next leg of transportation!
She finally made it to her dorm around 9pm or so, but she made it! It is so stressful being so far away from your child and not being able to help. Plan B was also in place to reach out to my Atlanta and Savannah friends to catch a ride. If she was old enough to rent a car, that could have worked too, but she is not 25! Strangely enough I also got a private message from a REALTOR® at the Keller Williams office in Chattanooga, TN (town I was born in) that her son would be passing through and could give her a ride if she needed one. What a small world! I have taught in that office and I messaged her back thanking her for the offer but we got it covered! I was going to find a way to get her home. That’s what mom’s do, we take care of our kids no matter how far away they might be.
I’m thankful Caley was able to come home for a bit and looking forward to her winter break. She is coming back home on Friday after her finals. This time she will be going through Jacksonville, FL which is a shorter distance than Atlanta. I’m looking forward to spending some quality time with her over the break. Sure have missed my girl!