After days of packing and repacking, weighing and bargaining for space, “(I’ll trade you 1 bottle of Pepto Bismol for your fleece jacket”), we loaded all 6 bags + 2 laptops in the car, said goodbye to family, and headed for the Houston airport. Arrived just in time to learn our flight had been cancelled due to…. well, not really sure as we got 2 different versions. First agent told us “we had a storm and the plane was hit.” Not sure if she meant by lightening or by a baggage truck, but it didn’t really matter because by then, we weren't getting on that plane anyway. Another agent blamed the problem on weather in Chicago, but I think he was just working hard to absolve the airline of responsibility so they didn’t have to compensate us. :-) All we got was a cup of Starbucks coffee and I had to pay for that!
We were impressed with how quickly we were rerouted onto Delta but soon realized that was like jumping from the frying pan into the fire. After 3 futile attempts to check in, the gate agent said she couldn’t figure out the airport codes for Brussels and Madras so therefore, our bags couldn’t be checked all the way to India. Standing in front of a trolley filled with 280 pounds of luggage, it almost became funny - until we realized that if we trusted her to figure it out and check our bags, it was highly likely we might never see our bags again! Just as we considered what it would be like to spend 5 weeks dressed in only the clothes we had on our backs, we learned that this 2nd itinerary was now cancelled and we were going nowhere today anyway. We have been rebooked to depart tomorrow (Thursday, June 23rd) so will make the long trip back to the airport again in the morning and start over once again.
So here we are… Day 1 - spent the entire day waiting at the airport and ended up right back here where we started. Perhaps God was protecting us from peril today - or perhaps He was giving us new opportunities for tomorrow. Either way, He leads us forward into this great adventure and most assuredly will give us opportunities and stories each and every day. Jim and I feel incredibly blessed to be sharing this adventure with the greatest Companion of all!