If you have read along here you know who Bobbie is, she is my lovely wife’s mother. And an angel she was if you do not know this simple read a few of the posts about this one of a kind woman who I was proud to call my Mother in law. I loved her like I loved my mother a sweeter woman has never graced god’s earth. As you might have read Bobbie left us last September to be in heaven.
We are blessed to be able to ride stand by on a major airline due to my wife’s long and storied career. So we often take trips to wonderful, places. Bobbie had a love of coins that is the stuff of legend; she loved and collected them for years. Well a tradition has grown from this love. Shortly after Bobbies’ passing we were trying to get on a flight that was extremely over booked. We only can ride if there is an empty seat and the way it is today that’s very rare so we choose our flights with great care. But we decided to stand by anyway and see what happened. As we were going through security my wife looks down and finds a penny. She picked it up and said this was a sign from Bobbie that we were going to be just fine. I said great and we headed to the gate. As we sat there it looked no better. Suddenly the gate agent called our names and we got 2 seats and they were together and we were the last two names called. I was stunned to say the least and the wife looked at me and said Bobbie has once again taken care of us. Since that happened we have done this a number of times always at the last minute we are boarded and off we go. I am starting to look for those pennies now!!
Well my wife’s son turned forty last week. He wanted her to be there in the worst way and she wanted me to go with her. So understand this is on a Thursday and I have to work on Friday. So the plan was to go to Minneapolis Thursday afternoon and return at 6am to home for me to work. We arrive at the airport and as we are going through security the TSA holds out a small bowl and tells my wife you left something in your contents bowl. Yes Sir it was a penny!!!! We head to gate full knowing Bobbie is on hand and working hard to get us to the birthday dinner, because Bobbie was a huge influence on my wife’s son. She watched/raised him while my wife worked evenings at the Atlanta airport years ago when he was a small boy. So as the flight get closer it fills up. There is a decision made that if we go to Chicago we can then connect to MSP, from there and all will be good. So we quickly get the last 2 seat to Chicago and head north. We are on our way and Bobbie is with us. We arrived in Chicago the MSP flight was the next gate, thank you Bobbie, we sat there and the flight fills and leaves without us! What has happened? We were to be on that flight? As my wife and her son search for options there are simply not any. As I sit in the gate sadden because I know how much this means to my wife the decision is made we will return to home through Atlanta. We will get back home around 11pm but no birthday dinner. A very sad mother tells her son she loves him and we head to get something to eat. We find all of the restaurants are over flowing so we get something fast and return to the gate. Now across the hall there is a MSP flight that had cancelled from the morning there. The wife has asked if her status as a retired instructor would allow us to ride what is called a ferry back to MSP. The gentleman behind the gate, a pilot, says he doesn’t think so, so sadly we continued with the retune home plans. As we sat down to enjoy our fast food we hear from across the hall our names being called. What we looked at each other and promptly left all of our food and drinks sitting there and ran across the hall. We were given two First Class boarding passed and escorted onto and empty plane except for 2 flight attendants and one other person. All in first class and happy as larks!!!! The wife calls her son. He answers with the following statement “Mom I was just sitting here wishing you would call me and tell me you were on the plane and heading to eat dinner” much to his surprise she told him we were and would see him shortly! He simply couldn’t believe it and kept repeating shut your mouth!! But all seemed to forget, save Bobbie, that this was a very special occasion and one needs to always travel to special occasions in style. Well a 140 seat airplane empty except for you and 3 others is pretty special. We arrived took a cab to the dinner spot and had a wonderful evening. Thank You Bobbie!!!
We returned the next morning it was very uneventful thank goodness. I think Bobbie knew she had me maxed out the day before. She did always love to mess with me.
I will never look at a penny the same after this trip…..
The Blessed Man