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Thwarted At Every Turn

Thanks for all the kind words about my dilemma.  The $170 IS a lot of money in our house.  However, I had decided to go ahead and fork it over from my DCR Design savings because I have already invested a lot in this weekend, and I really want to get the most out of it, even if it does mean paying a ridiculous sum of money to change my plane ticket.

So I went online to check the flight I want, and guess what?  The ticket has more than doubled in price overnight.  I even called USAirways and bled all over the phone, explaining my situation and the price I was quoted yesterday, and asking them if they could honor it.  They wouldn’t budge.  He DID say that at the moment, there are available seats on the other flights, and standby looks like a decent option.

I am choosing not to throw a tempter tantrum, although the temptation is just beneath the surface of my calm facade.  Rather, I’m going to look at it as providential.  I’ve still got my $170, and there are two earlier flights that day (well, three, but one leaves at 5:30am, and that’s just NOT HAPPENIN’ as I live almost an hour away.)   I guess I will just get to the airport as early as I can and hope for the best.

The good news is, the conference is only two weeks away!  SQUEEEE!!!

And speaking of nothing, I attended my 5-year-old daughter’s preschool grad-gee-ation last night. She was so cute, walking down the isle to Pomp & Circumstance.

But can I just say that it never fails — at EVERY program I’ve EVER been to for my children, I end up in a location where I can’t see them.  And I get there early EVERY time.  Last night I was one of the first ones there and I thought I got a great seat, but there was a teacher’s head slap-dab in the middle of my line of vision THE WHOLE NIGHT. 

I felt badly for my daughter because I could see her straining to find me in the audience, and she couldn’t see me.  It was hard enough not being able to see her, but to know that she was looking for me and couldn’t find me nearly broke my heart.

Finally, at one point, I stepped right out into the isle to wave and snap a picture.  She saw me and waved, but by the time I snapped the picture, she was already crossing her arms and had a sour look on her face.

After they sang a few numbers, each child stepped onto the stool podium to receive their "diplomas".  Finally, I had my chance to snap The Photograph!  I stepped out into the isle and clicked, but I had forgotten to turn my camera on.  I quick turned it on and snapped, but she was already stepping down.

All’s well that ends well, though.  We shared cake and Kool-Aid at the reception afterwards.  And there ain’t nothin’ that a little cake can’t fix. 

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9 thoughts on “Thwarted At Every Turn

  1. Oh, I hope it all works out for the ticket- and you never know- try again next week (I heard Wednesdays & Thursdays are best) to see if it’s cheaper!

    And I am the SAME WAY with my kids’ programs. Always up close but in just the wrong line of view to see them. Why does that happen!?!

    Steph

  2. Oh that’s so frustrating. I cannot understand why the airline cannot just give you an earlier ticket, especially when there are seats available! Where’s the customer service in all of this?

  3. I sure hope it all works out for you. I am sorry to hear they wouldn’t give you the ticket for the price they quoted yesterday. Bummer.
    Cute pictures by the way!

  4. This is frustrating. Although you should ask the airline if they have something for last minute changes. When I was going to Cali in January and wanted to change my flight, the agent told me that there was something where if I called 12 hours before and asked to change the flight, it was only $25. That was American Airlines, yes, before they started charging you for carry on bags, so that could have changed. But it’s definitely worth the call.

  5. I would be so frustrated! I cannot believe the airline could change the price so quickly and not honor it! Thus the saying, Welcome to my world! Whatever can happen does! I am so sorry this happened to you.
    Your sweet girl is darling. Congrats on the graduation!

  6. At least you MADE your little one’s graduation. Too long of a story, but if you are interested, I posted about it today 🙁 It was a sad day for me…Loser Mom (I’m calling myself that not you!) She sure is a cutie! Sorry about the whole airline mess. Praying you’ll get to go standby!

  7. did you cry? i so totally cried at my boy’s graduation just a few weeks ago. just like i’ll cry when he starts summer camp tomorrow and i’ll cry when he starts kindergarten in august.

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