Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Lost and Found

The first two days of my trip were spent eating bocadillos and strolling by Spainish art masters at the Prado. Right now you may be saying to yourself, silly Steph, the Prado isn't in Moscow, it's in Madrid. Well, you would be correct. The Prado is in Madrid, just like we were for all of Saturday and Sunday (Monday too if you count the seven hours at the airport.)

Saturday morning we missed our connection due to a long comedy of errors mixed with the Madrid airport staff's "I don't care" shrugs that would put French "I don't care" shrugs to shame. At some point the flight was closed, and I collapsed in tears as I realized my ride to my baby boy was leaving. . .without me on it.

Thanks to volcano Kajagoogoo, there were no available flights until Monday. "Please. We're desperate." Danny said to the ticket agent. "Yes," she said, "So is everyone in Europe right now.Monday is the soonest."

Due to the ash cloud's south eastern travel path, we wondered if even the Monday flight would make it (and almost didn't.) Our bags however were on their way to Moscow, so on top of the creeping fear that we wouldn't make it in time for our court date, there was a "no clean underwear or toothbrush" situation.

Being stuck in Madrid would be a fortuitous event at any other time. I love Madrid. But it was heart clenching when we were desperately wanting to be somewhere else. I couldn't stop thinking that thousands of miles away over mountains and various border crossings, was the little boy we were supposed to be holding.

I did enjoy Spain a little after I stopped sobbing. And the Prado was a very distant second to visiting Andre at the baby home. But we finally made it to Moscow, miraculously got our bags, had a great day with little A, and all the planets are in alignment again.


lynn said...

I've been thinking about you stuck over there and wondering if you'd gotten through. Glad to hear everything's back in alignment. Now if it could only realign back home!!

kaissen said...

You're an amazing writer, mother, and friend. I can't wait to meet Andre! Hope you're finding some smiles amongst chaos :) <3, Kel

Shonta said...

******singing******'Cause baby,
There ain't no mountain high enough Ain't no valley low enough
Ain't no river wide enough
To keep me from getting to you babe

Ok I will stop singing and just say our thoughts are with you.

Speaktrue said...

So, so, so relived you made it to hold the little guy. hugs, Tracy

MsLisaL said...

I knew I felt a shift in the planets. Glad its all back where its supposed to be. Love you. Kiddo's fine and misses you.

Steve said...

Thoughts and prayers for my soon to be nephew... I can't wait to come up there and visit him. I have so many pictures of random places seeing signs for "Andre's" from Sarasota to Orlando all the way out to Vegas. It MUST be meant to be!! I keep checking online what seems to be every 5 minutes hoping not to see any more news from Russia (unless it's good news). Be safe and please keep us all posted... I love you and can't wait to be an uncle!!

ContraWhit said...

I am so looking forward to meeting my future son-in-law. The luckiest guy in the world, too, to have you and Danny as parents.

Melissa said...

Congratulations on this long process almost becoming complete! I cannot get over how much you look like my mom in this photo of you on the plane. :) Best wishes to you for becoming a new mommy. We love you! Melissa

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