12 May 2012 | LA at last!
I was heading off to my youngest son, Tyler’s, college graduation. It was one of the biggest events of my life, long anticipated from the day he was born, and one that no mother would miss. However, thanks to a four-hour delay by American Airlines, I missed it.
I had managed to retrieve my checked luggage, got my seat moved up to be in position to be the first person off the plane. (Due to lack of storage space on Sapphire, no rolling suitcases are allowed on our boat.) So I then had to sprint two miles, lugging a heavy duffle and carryon. Zipped my way through security to find that my connecting flight had left six minutes earlier. It was the last flight out Thursday night, which meant there would be no possible way that I could make it to Tyler’s 8 AM graduation.
Tyler’s 2nd ceremony, for the USC Engineering School, was due to begin at 10:45 AM and the replacement flight that American Airlines had stuck me on, was due to land at 11 AM. En route, I noticed on the flight path screen that our plane was making all sorts of extreme detours.
“We apologize for the delay” our Captain announced. “Our President is at the LAX Airport saying goodbye to George Clooney, who has just made a significant campaign contribution. Anyway, the detour that you have undoubtably noticed, is due to the fact that there are about 100 planes out here, trying to avoid colliding. We will be back on course as soon as we are given the word that the coast is clear.”
I was still hoping beyond hope that I could somehow make it to USC before Tyler’s name was called to cross the stage. When we at last landed, there was still another delay, due to the malfunction of the flight bridge.
Despite all of the drama, my oldest son, Nick, saved the day. He had borrowed a car from Tyler’s roommate, picked me up and dropped me off at USC not 5 minutes before Ty’s name was called to cross the stage. I was absolutely ecstatic.