Monday, November 06, 2006

My Heart walking around outside my body.

College graduation 2005 It has been a stressful 24 hours. My oldest daughter has been working on a cruise ship for the past few weeks, altering costumes for one of the production numbers. She called me from Puerto Rico yesterday telling me that there was no promised ticket home waiting for her at the San Juan airport. It was part of her contract that they would provide all transportation. All attempts we made to contact the company she was working for failed. It must have been a very stressful job, because she started crying because she just wanted to get home. Everyone at the Delta check in tried to comfort her and offered any help she needed. As anyone with children knows, letting them learn lessons like, having enough cash and an emergency credit card when you travel, is very difficult. She was expecting to have a ticket and didn't think she would need extra so didn't take it with her. A gentleman that worked for Delta took pity on her and helped her find a safe and inexpensive hotel, and even paid for it. He said he had a daughter about her age and she reminded him of her. He took the time to walk her around downtown San Juan and told her some history of the area. God Bless him. I will say an extra prayer for him tonight. There are still good people in the world. I have realized that no matter how much I talk, my kids don't always listen. They seem to learn everything the hard way. Why does it have to be so painful for me while they do? I thought learning my own life lessons was hard, this is a thousand times worse. Anyway, after finally reaching the company, she is on her way home and should be here tonight. Well, all is well that ends well.

3 comments:

Patty said...

Oh dear, my mothers heart was aching just reading about your daughters experience. Like the old saying goes....you can't put a wise head on a young body.
Thats why children have parents, so they have a shoulder to cry on as we try to recover ourselves.

Carrie J said...

So true. Turns out she had a wonderful time. The company has contacted her about a possible 6 month contract. The pay is good and the opportunity to travel is a bonus. Very exciting.

Sandra said...

I'm glad she got home safe. My eldest daughter is taking life's hard road and you're right - it's very painful to watch, but watch we must and be there with open arms when they need our help. It's harder now they are grown up than when they were little. Loved the story about Priscilla and Steven too - very small world!