Back on Board!
18 December 2010 | We're all now in Charleston
It's early Saturday morning and I'm back sitting at our navigation station writing for the blog and it feels great! It's cool and rainy here, you have to climb a ladder to get on or off the boat, the boatyard is in the middle of nowhere and it still feels great! I can't believe I was off the boat for 39 days.
I flew back as Amtrak doesn't go anywhere near Charleston. My flight took off at 11:55; we had to leave the house at a little before 9. I woke up at 4 AM with terrible diarrhea. Oh no! I had coffee and nothing else. By 9 I was pretty much empty, which was good, as my first flight was late so I had to run from one end of the Charlotte airport to the other (at least it wasn't Chicago or Atlanta) to make my connecting flight. No time to use the restroom there. I made it all the way to Charleston with no bathroom breaks!
I was determined to make that flight, as I had no cell phone. I was being met at the airport by Amy Wollaber Curran, the daughter of our former neighbors and one of Jamie's best friends. We found out on Tuesday that she lives in a suburb of Charleston, only a few miles from the airport and the boatyard! She and Jamie talk at least once a week, but Jamie didn't realize she was that close, and I had always pictured her living in the middle of the state.
As soon as she found out, Amy called Bud and offered to have him and Fuzzy stay at their house, but the worst of the cold was over, and Bud being Bud, he would rather stay on the boat.
Anyway it was wonderful to see her and to have someone to meet me. We stopped at her house and picked up her two kids, Layton, 2-and-a-half , and Addison, 1. Cute kids, but what a handful (they are 22 months apart). Amy works as a second grade teacher and tutors. Her husband, Brandon, is just starting as a fireman and works 24 hours on and 48 hours off, so they have a pretty hectic life.
When we got to the boatyard, which was only about 3 minutes away from the first place Amy and Brandon had lived in Charleston, Bud and Fuzzy were there to meet us at the gate (the yard is fenced). I called to Fuzzy but he is so deaf he didn't hear me. Bud tried to point me out, but as I was coming up to him he didn't recognize me because he is so blind. When he finally registered someone was there he barked at me! Even when I got right up to him, he didn't seem to know me. All of a sudden, when I picked him up and started petting him he started to whimper because he realized I was back. He wouldn't let me put him down until we all got back on the boat (including the kids).
Amy and the kids and I then climbed back down the ladder and went to a little restaurant just down the road with no shoulders, and got Chinese. I ordered vegetable rice noodles; I figured that was about the only safe Chinese dish. We had a nice time and had only one bump on the head for Layton, who wanted to climb all over everything! Amy is such a good mom, she very patiently explained to him that he got the bump on the head because he wouldn't sit on his bum like Mommy told him.
We talked to Jamie twice, once on the way out of the airport and again after supper. It was so hard to leave her. She's now waiting for the results of the test. She took the test on Tuesday but won't get the results for about 3 weeks. She has no idea how she did. She studied like mad, but how do you prepare for a nine-hour test that covers four years of medical school?
Jamie said Adler was upset when they drove away from the airport without me. He kept calling "Gramma, Gramma". When they got home he went through the house looking for me and kept asking for me through the day. We are going to have to start using Skype, so we can see each other. I don't want him to forget me! It was especially hard to leave just before Christmas, but I didn't want Bud to be alone on Christmas either.
Bud heard on Friday that the prop is on its way back. So hopefully by Tuesday we'll be back in the water. I don't know when we'll leave. I think we'll stay in the area at least until the 23rd, because Amy's parents, our former neighbors, are coming down that day to spend Christmas with Amy and her family. We'd love to be able to see them.
I'm going to post this, and I'll add a photo as soon as it's light and we're dressed and I can take one.