Have you ever fallen asleep in the midst of packing and woken up with a start by the doorbell? What doorbell? The ring of someone coming to pick you up, to take you to the airport!
I had that experience a few days ago. What a horrible feeling of despair! I guess worse things can happen, like to keep on sleeping, nobody ringing your doorbell, and missing the flight!
God is so good! So gracious! So patient! He knew I needed some rest before the long trip of 35 hours, so he let me sleep. I had to rush around to get the suitcases and myself ready, but I made it, even with time to spare.
I’m back in Sweden with my father. This trip has had a few “never’s,” like…
- NEVER BEFORE fallen asleep without the bags packed!
- NEVER BEFORE had such long lay-overs, making the trip 35 hours.
- NEVER BEFORE received a $300 travel voucher.
- NEVER BEFORE been tricked into believing I could “skip” going though Security.
- NEVER BEFORE spent the entire trip coloring patterns.
Here are some of them!
They needed a volunteer for the flight Springfield-Chicago. Why not do it, since I was going to spend all day in Chicago before my flight to London? Now I have a voucher so I can book another flight, with the possibility of falling asleep without packing my bag. I sure hope the NEVER BEFORE experience with unpacked bags becomes a NEVER AGAIN one!
I have to have assistance when I travel. The girl assisting me in Chicago took me to a gate where “supposedly” there was a bus going to the terminal for British Airways and NO need to go through Security. How did I let her trick me into that? Later I had to have the hassle of having someone else come and walk with me to take the train to another terminal. NEVER AGAIN will I let that happen!
One thing I appreciated very much was the helpfulness of the flight attendants, on all three flights. NEVER BEFORE have they been so helpful. Here I want to write HOPEFULLY AGAIN! Kudos to British Airways flight attendants!
At my arrival in Sweden, the girl who assisted me was very kind. She saw one of the ladies waiting for her baggage who looked very fragile. “Don’t worry about your bags. I will help you,” she said. She stayed on to make sure she helped this lady lift her bags from the baggage carousel. “Wow! This feels good,” she said. “Now I can have a good night’s sleep!”
What an awesome attitude! My brother-in-law Ola, who met me at the airport, is also a very helpful person. I praise God for every one who lent me a helping hand.
How can I repay the favors? I can’t! But we can always pass on the favors to someone else. Like they say, “Pay it forward!”