Mom, Nate and I are home. You can tell by the lack of adjectives that I’m spent. I forgot how much this final leg of the trip takes out of you. To give you an idea of what we went through, here’s an airline list that I kept handy on my phone:
CAN to PEK DL(CHINA SOUTHERN) 7834
(8am departure from Guangzhou)
DL 7834 arrives 11:15 am in Beijing (5 hr 20 min layover)
PEK to DTW DL 188
(4:35 pm departure from Beijing)
DL 188 arrives 6:02 pm in Detroit (US time) (4 hr layover)
DTW to SDF DL 3460
(10:02 pm departure from Detroit )
DL 3460 arrives in Louisville 11:20 pm
This time around went much smoother once we were in the states. I forgot the process but basically we needed to go through immigration, customs and security…not necessarily in that order. It took a few hours, but wasn’t as nerve racking as New York with Olivia. The crew in Detroit was very accommodating and took us right away. I had some reservations giving up his immigration packet. This folder ensures that Nate is a US citizen and was given to us in Guangzhou by the US Embassy. We were all told NOT to open the packet or else the forms would not be valid. I guarded it with my life all the way from China to America. One unfortunate family opened the pack and was sent back to Guangzhou to redo the paperwork.
That would suck beyond measure.
Anyways. ..we made it back. It was a gruelling day of travel, but Nate did wonderfully.
Afterwords, mom and I were talking about how rough the trip home was. I told her that after our last trip, Reece and I couldn’t fathom doing it all over. Without missing a beat, mom said,
I’d do it again
I couldn’t believe my ears! Mom went through so much this trip, yet was ready to do it all again, if need be. It just shows how lucky I am. To be blessed with a mom like this and a beautiful family is more than anyone could ask for.
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