Getting up on a crisp cool morning at 3:30 AM and slipping on a pair of jeans a shirt and shoes to drive down to the Marin Airporter. My mom was awake and drove me down to meet the bus. First out of the shoot at 4:00AM. We all loaded up and picked up others on the way. Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge I said good morning to my to my husband. I felt like he was with me now on the trip to Florida as we picked up his spirit as we drove through the toll booth.
We got to the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and I was one of the first to get off at the US Airways ticket counter wow early morning arrivals and departures was in high mode already. I got through the airport security without trouble. Now we wait for the call to board. One cup of a coffee mocha and sit down to read the book my son Wayne picked out for himself at Borders but never got a chance to read, Vampire Sunrise, Delilah Street: Paranormal Investigator, by Carole Nelson Douglas. A very good book by the way, I just wish I had read the first two novels before this one.
We were boarding on time and got up in the air without any problems. I was cold and bought a blanket for the trip. Since the swine flu H1N1 they stopped letting passengers use blankets over again and now, yep you guessed it $7.00. It also included a blowup pillow an eye mask and earplugs. Not bad actually for $7.00. Along with that I bought a bottle of rum to go with my OJ. It was a long, long trip to Charlotte, North Carolina. I had a nice lady at the window seat and a curmudgeon on the aisle who was on his way home, the poor bastard could not get a smile on his face for any reason. I hope when he finally walked through his door at home he felt at ease and at rest and could finally smile.
Ran a race at Charlotte NC to get to the other side of the airport for the next flight to Orlando. On the way grabbed a Big and Tasty from Burger King. Thank you airport for having fast food fast on the way! Hardly long enough to eat it all before boarding. A hop and pop to Orlando and finally made it to my final destination airport. Orlando International is a nice big airport. Over to Budget. It has been a while since I rented a car but Budget was a good choice and mid cost value to all of the main known renters. I got my first try at a Kia Forte. It is a great little car. It is a four door intermediate they call it and it had very nice comfort and drove well. My son liked all the available ports for his games and music.
Ok, wrong way Arlene did the wrong turn right out of Orlando Airport and got on the wrong road. I realised it and had to turn around of course it was a toll road so of course I paid twice going through and then back to the right road had to pay again on the wrong one. Then the Budget guy gave me a short cut to get off the toll road and it was dark and no signs at all, my cell phone GPS had not worked at the airport. I tried again, thank you God and John it worked. If anyone had passed by me at that time they would have heard me yelling to the gods for help. I was on track and seven miles from I-95. I drove down to Melbourne and got on the Road to Wayne’s residential school. As I got to the exit I got a phone call from the nurse asking where I was Wayne was restless and chomping at the bit and worried I was so late. I told her I was about five minutes away.
I got there and we hugged. I was in paradise. My son was back in my arms again. The nurse gave me all his pills and his salt bath for his toe. Like his dad he got an ingrown toe nail. It had gotten infected and had to be cut and drained and he was also on antibiotics for it as well. So then we got to go to the hotel. A very nice Holiday Inn in Melbourne was my new home. Double queens, nice TV and good food and bar downstairs what more could I want?
We talked, watched TV and then I crashed. He stayed up some and watched TV and played games. The restaurant was great and Wayne had a very big appetite. He ate french toast, cereal yogurt and apple juice. I had a french toast and coffee mocha. We then went for a shopping spree. Sears and Best Buy won the big tickets. Wayne got new duds and a new coat for winter weather. Good thing since then it has been getting cold even in Florida. He got some new games for his PSP as well. We came back after the rest of our trip and got dinner and watched TV, read and played games.
The next day I learned how to get to the Kennedy Space Center. The people in Florida are so nice! My GPS went out, the map was in so many pieces that you needed to fold it back and forth twenty times to see the roads in one time. So finally I asked am I going the right way? At the light a guy said yes and to keep going till a certain road and then follow the signs. We got there and had a blast. Saw the Space Shuttle on the pad although the shuttle was covered in a blanket to keep it safe. We saw the crawler that moves the shuttle a mile an hour.. Big, big mover! Then we went to my favorite place the Saturn rocket building. Huge it houses the whole rocket plus movie room. Wayne was surprised to see Snoopy in space. I told Wayne told Wayne that Snoopy was everywhere and he was my favorite spaceman, or rather space dog.
After this, we returned to the bus and went back to the front plaza. I wanted to go on a ride about G Force but Wayne’s shoes were bugging him brand new, never wear brand new shoes to an attraction. Fastest way to go home and or be cranky. The most information we got was from our bus drivers at the space center. They told us about the buildings nature and other tidbits. Kennedy Space Center is on many acres of land. 1% is used for NASA and the US Air Force the rest is used as a National Wildlife Refuge. The living security system is the alligators. We saw three. We also saw a turtle and birds and Bald Eagle nests. We also went to the wall that had all the astronauts who lost their lives to space exploration. I had a very quite moment to myself.
Then we went to the nick knack store for NASA and bought some goodies. A magnet, socks, a cap to celebrate Mars landing for Wayne and a ball that lights up and a t-shirt for me. After we finished that it was late and we drove to Steak and Shake a place that Wayne liked to eat. They make hamburgers and all kinds of shakes. So yummy. We got back to the hotel and we were both tired. He played PSP and watched TV and I read. I told Wayne what tomorrow Monday would be. He would go to school, I would be in his class and we would talk with his teacher. He would stay there while I went to talk with his doctor therapist and nurse. He said he understood and then we slept
On Monday morning I asked Wayne to take a shower. He refused which he had done since Friday. So then we had breakfast and there again I told Wayne what we were going to do for today and then after school. He said OK.
When we got to the school everything changed he would not get out of the car and would not give me my purse and locked the door on me. I opened my door but he would not get out and he would not let me get the dirty clothes out either. I got his therapist to help get him out of the car but he refused to go to class so he went to the main room and I went to meetings We decided at the meeting that Wayne was being non compliant, that he needed to not get his pass anymore. That he needed to learn to do what I say when I said to and to have the consequences when he did not.
When I saw Wayne next with his therapist we both told him about it . He got angry and the explosive. He would not let me go without him and he tried to keep me in the building. He even threatened his therapist. She got three big guys to escort Wayne from the room so i could leave without getting hurt.
I was in tears the rest of the night. I called my mom and dad and cried to them too. I slept badly and then when I finally did, it was late in the morning. I got up and took a shower and watched TV and read and had lunch in the restaurant until Wayne’s school was over. We had another family session which was better and then I got to spend three hours alone with Wayne until he and I got hungry. I went back to the hotel and he got his dinner served.
Wednesday morning I went back to the school but Wayne had left to go to the dentist. So I missed the final farewell which may have been a good idea any way since we ended well last night. I took all his stuff back to the school got gas in my rental car and then I drove to the Orlando Airport. I did not get lost once Yeah me.
I had lunch at the airport and read my book and waited for boarding on Virgin America. Nice plane and service. Still to cramped, still feel like sardines, but at least they have video and radio and you can buy movies, etc.
I got to SFO and out the door and I ran to the Marin Airporter to get a ride. I almost fell down the stairs. We went out to get more people and the airporter and the taxi hit each other. We all got out of the bus to catch the next one in half an hour. finally on a bus to go home and actually left the airport. My mom and John picked me up and I was so glad to be home. My bed and my cat awaited me. The cat had a lot to say on the subject of my leaving her. She forgave me and curled up next to me as I crashed and burned no more oil.