This Grandma Was Determined

Miller graduated from high school at 4:00 on June 4, 2015. Haleigh graduated from high school at 7:00 on June 5, 2015. No problem…I can go to both! I have 15 grandchildren and am determined to be present at each one’s graduation, no matter where they live! Even if it means going to Malaysia, Canada, South Carolina, Illinois, Michigan! So far, so good!

This year it was a bit tricky! Miller graduated in South Carolina, Haleigh in Michigan…one day apart! I flew to South Carolina and enjoyed a week with the family, ending with Miller’s graduation at 4:00 PM on Thursday, June 4. Miller Grad (2)  Miller graduating

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Miller and me!

After graduation, there was a family and friends supper. Miller wanted home-made pizza! So there were at least four big pizzas made by my son-in-law, Sean, and neighbor, Ruth. They were all delicious! My favorite was ham and pineapple! Chips and homemade salsa and fruit were appetizers. I made a watermelon fruit basket. I couldn’t find a long watermelon! I found a round one that was shaped just right and sat up perfectly! I filled it with watermelon balls, blueberries, strawberries, and green grapes. Oreo Ice Cream Cake was dessert made by Miller’s Aunt Corrie!

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Watermelon Fruit Basket.

At 5:15 AM, Friday morning, June 5, daughter, Christy, drove me to the airport to board my United Airline plane and go home for Haleigh’s graduation at 7:00 PM that evening. No problem. I would fly to Washington D C, then to Chicago, then to Midland, Michigan, arriving at 4:00 PM. Graduation was to be at 7:00 PM! I could do this! No problem…WRONG!

I had booked my plane through Cheapo Air. That was my big mistake! For some reason, I couldn’t print out my ticket. I always had before on flights. I did confirm my flight on-line before I left home! But not before I left Columbus! When we arrived at the airport I thought my flight was with United. Oh no, it was American Airlines! Well, skipping details here, I missed my plane! A kind gentleman booked me on another flight, but not to Washington DC! To Philadelphia, then to Chicago. I made that flight!

I arrived in Philadelphia and found my gate only to discover I had missed my plane! What!? How could I miss two planes in one day? So another kind person booked me on another flight to Chicago. This time on US Air. I had to find my way from American terminal to US Air terminal! A very long way but I was given directions and I made it!

When I arrived in Chicago I had to change terminals again! This time from US Air to United. Another very long way but I found it! Next I decided I’d better find a restroom. There wasn’t one nearby! I asked and was told where to go. On my way back to my gate, can you believe it? I got lost!

I stopped to ask directions and a very kind young man offered to push me in a wheelchair! I told him I didn’t need a wheelchair, I just needed to find my gate. He took my suitcase and said, “I’ll take you there.” As we walked we visited. He was very young, 19 or 20 years; very good-looking; very friendly. I noticed he keep looking around for signs, we had to backtrack once. Finally, he told me he’d only been working there for three days! So he was still finding his way around! The name on his name tag was very strange so I asked him to pronounce it for me. “Oh! What country is that from,” I asked. He said, “Africa”. So I asked what country in Africa. His answer made me laugh! He said he googled it but he still doesn’t know! We had a good time visiting and finding our way back to my departure gate.

I wanted to give him a tip for helping me. I didn’t have any idea how much I should give him. I gave him $3.00, but I wish I’d given him $5.00. If he had pushed me in a wheelchair I know I would have given him $5.00, but all we did was walk.  But guess what! I’m not the only one who enjoyed our walking and talking! Before he left me at my gate, he gave me a big hug! I’m going to look for him anytime I’m in Chicago O’Hare Airport again! I wonder if he’ll remember me? I’ll never forget him!

I arrived home on time! Jerry was waiting for me. He fixed a lunch for me, I took a shower and we left for Haleigh’s graduation ceremony! Haleigh grad 4  Graduation Haleigh (2)  Graduation Haleigh (3)  Haleigh grad (2)  The end of a very long, but very worthwhile day! My grandchildren are worth it and this grandma was determined!!!

This morning Jerry asked me how I felt about the day. Wasn’t I terribly frustrated? I was so glad I could tell him honestly that I knew God was with me all the way. I never doubted it. What a mighty God we serve!

Chicago

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  I was recently in Chicago. I love Chicago. I love to go to downtown Chicago! The tall skyscrapers are such a mystery to me. I took lots of pictures of the tall buildings. ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????  Oooops, my son-in-law is in this one! The handsome profile with glasses on!           OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I was waiting for a train to Flint, Michigan and had lots of time. So I did a lot of people watching. I have copied the rest of this post from one I wrote on allinthedayofme.com so some readers may have already read about my people watching. If you don’t want to reread it, it’s okay. I understand.

There’s no better place to people watch then in downtown Chicago! I was by myself but I wasn’t lonely, I was surrounded by people of all sorts and sizes! Most of the people barely knew I was there. A few returned smiles to me! Oh, I wanted to take pictures so badly! But I didn’t…I respected their privacy. I simply watched, smiled and sometimes said a friendly, “Hello!” We are all created by God!

Let me see if I can paint some pictures with words. There were many Caucasian folks, as you would expect. They were all sizes and shapes. Some were North American but many were European and South American. I knew that by listening to their conversations. Having been an ESL tutor for many years and hearing many languages spoken regularly, I’m able to recognize several languages even though I don’t speak them. These folks were dressed in every imaginable type of clothing from dress suits and ties and beautiful dresses; to slacks and sport shirts, skirts/pants and attractive tops; to jeans and t-shirts; to shorts and halters; to…

Most interesting were the different costumes ethnic folks wore. A large group of Muslim folks walked by. Women in long, silky printed attire, beautifully draped around and flowing downward. Heads covered with only their faces exposed…

Two young Jewish men dressed in black, including black hats, walked by and then returned a few minutes later, giving me a second look at them. One was dark-haired, one was red-haired with a beard. They each had long ringlets hanging on each side of their faces but no long hair in back.

Amish. Dressed in black or dark purple or blue. Men and boys with bowl hair cuts, sporting tall black hats, women wearing long dresses, black shoes of work styles, head coverings of different styles of white caps. There is no mistaking this people group.

There were many Oriental folks with high-tech cameras! They all seemed to be serious photographers! They were more interested in the tall buildings then in the folks around them. But I must admit I took pictures of the tall buildings too!

I saw many shades of dark-skinned people, some different shades of tan, some black. Tall, exquisitely dressed, unique hair styles: they stood out among the crowd of every size and shade. Many were average, everyday folks, dressed casually. Some looked very poor, possibly homeless.

Finally I entered Union Station to wait for my train to take me home to Michigan. I was in for more fascinating people watching as I entered the waiting area packed with folks waiting for their particular train.  There were no seats available so I leaned against a wall near my gate and gazed over the sea of faces so close to me.

I have never seen so many Amish people in all my life! They won’t fly or drive cars but apparently trains are okay! I was able to just stand and observe them. The bearded men were dressed in white shirts but some were in dark blue shirts, black pants with suspenders, tall black hats and black work shoes. There were some teenage boys that I admit I felt sorry for because of their bowl hair cuts! The women wore black or dark purple or dark blue long dresses with long sleeves and black shoes. Many of the shoes were like work shoes. Most of the women wore little white caps on their heads but some wore black bonnets! Sitting near me was a row of eight Amish women. Some were reading books. Some were visiting. There was one woman sitting in the middle of them who stuck out like a sore thumb! She had on a light purple dress, a little shorter than the others dresses and gold flip-flops! She had a little white cap on her long hair and was talking and laughing with the others so I knew she was with them! Oh, I wanted to sneak a picture of this row of women so badly! But I didn’t…I have a very clear picture of them in my mind! I finally decided this colorful woman must have turned Mennonite so she had more freedom then the others.

A little boy, about four years of age, walked by me with his daddy. He looked at me, smiled and waved! I smiled and waved back! After a train finally left there were some seats available so I sat down. The little boy and his daddy sat near me. He kept smiling at me. Finally, I asked, “Do I remind you of your grandma?” “No,” he replied, “You remind me of my nana!” He had some snacks he was eating and wanted to share with me. His daddy said okay so I was given a small donut, still in the package, thank goodness. I ate it but it wasn’t very good, kind of stale! Then he asked his daddy if he could give me some pop corn! I saw his daddy nod. The little boy started to hand me three, his daddy, thankfully, told him to let me get me own out of the bag.  The little boy held the bag out so I took three and ate them! What a thoughtful little boy! He must really love his nana! I wondered if they were going to visit her. They soon boarded a train. I’ll never see him again but I’ll never forget him!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA   My train arrived and I was off soon to be with Jerry again and home! There’s no place like home!