It was a wonderful month, filled with an abundance of family and celebrations. But all good things must recede into our memories and we need to float down to reality and get on with the everyday life of the happily retired.
So we are home once again........ The journey was filled with pride as I was finally able to fly on the same plane as our son. Paul has flown with Jon before but not I. Jon is a First Officer with United (previously Continental before the merger). Since he was very young, he has wanted to fly. When he turned 16, he went out to the local small airport to see if he could volunteer to wash airplanes and was immediately offered a job !! He was ecstatic and his career in aviation began. From there, he went on to get a degree and then worked his way up the ladder of aviation. Despite seeing his father having to weather the Eastern demise, he was not discouraged from seeking a career in this changing industry. This is a difficult time to try and go stand-by on crowded holiday flights but we took the plunge and with the help of our upgraded status ( traveling with a crew member) we were able to get the last two seats from Newark to Orlando. He warned me that it would be a bumpy ride ( during which I turn in to a huddling mess of anxiety) but it was not of the scary kind. And knowing that he was avoiding the "potholes" just for his mother, helped a lot. Jon is on the right and his landing was smooth and skilled....just like his father's always were. We wore our pride in our smiles.
We will miss those two active boys ..... Mason spent the day working on his Lego creation (from a kit) and it was quite masterful. The lion head with the huge teeth raises and lowers and there are assorted projectile firing mechanisms that periodically take aim at a cat or two.
We have NO plans to pack a bag anytime soon but that doesn't mean that there aren't exciting plans being made....... Stay tuned.
And a very Happy and Healthy New Year to you all !!