And they’re off…

12 May

A quick update. Melissa and Finn left Cairo yesterday morning. It was an appropriate farewell scene — the university sent a smaller car than we expected, so it was kind of like trying to pack a clown car, and then there were men shouting and arguing a few feet away. We wouldn’t want Melissa to leave without one last Arab shouting match ringing in her ears.

Anyhow, they made it to the airport on time and got on the plane, and that’s when the fun began. Finn apparently squirmed and screamed for pretty much the entire 12 hour flight to New York. Fortunately the plane was full of several dozen Mormon grandparents just returning from a tour (and who better to sympathize with a young mother and crying baby than Mormon grandparents?), and on the other end of the aisle was an Egyptian woman who didn’t have kids but wanted them. So even if our prayers that Finn would be patient and still on the flight weren’t answered (dare I say that such a request would stretch even God’s powers?), the surrounding company seems to have been as understanding and supportive as possible.

Bottom line is that they’re back in the US of A, were picked up at O’Hare by our friends Kay and Stacy (pulling the midnight shift), and should be arriving in South Bend right about now. The househunting begins tomorrow!

(We’re still taking entries on Melissa’s last post. Reply now for a chance at a fabulous prize of Egyptian camels!)


4 Responses to “And they’re off…”

  1. Nancy May 12, 2009 at 12:28 pm #

    I am glad that Melissa survived the whole 12 hour flight. It sounds like she ended up arriving sane at least. That’s good. 🙂

    Rachel was asking to play with Finn today. 😦

  2. Melissa` May 12, 2009 at 2:45 pm #

    Sane might be a stretch. Scarred for life would be a more apt description.

  3. mom May 12, 2009 at 4:40 pm #

    Now we just have to get Patrick back in the good ole USA safely.

  4. Dre May 12, 2009 at 6:31 pm #

    Where was the prayer whisperer from the Khan when Melissa really needed her?

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