Let me start with introductions, for those of you who haven't met:
- Alex is my 14-year old daughter who lives in
. Spokane, Washington
- Lori is my mom. I often refer to her as Grom, which is what Max called her when he was tiny!
- Julie is my aunt, my mom’s sister – you will definitely notice the resemblance.
They were all scheduled to depart from the
I breathlessly followed their exciting plane trips in the
They had about 3 hours in
Well, here’s where things got really interesting! About 45 minutes before the train was scheduled to depart, I received a text from my mom saying that she had left a suitcase at the airport and was going back for it. In a quick flurry of text messages, she assured me that she would get back in time for the train.
Next, I got a phone call from Alex. She and Julie were on the train, but mom was not!! I was seriously hoping that this was a bad joke. Nope. Mom really missed the train. Fortunately, Alex had the presence of mind to overcome the language barrier and call me with a status! Apparently, she spoke slowly and used lots of teenage hand-signals to get the point across that she needed to call her mom. The nice French woman even dialed for her.
Now there was a serious flurry of phone calls, text messages, etc. My dad even called from the
When we asked mom her favorite part of vacation a few days later, she said, “Seeing Gayle at the train station in Sete!”
Here is a picture of Julie & Alex arriving in Montpellier! Alex is being a typical 14-year old.
We got her safely to Bouzigues, where Max and Alex were lounging together watching movies.
After a little food and wine, we were all opening gifts! These were the gifts in the bag that was left in the airport, so they were especially precious.
This was just the beginning of a terrific vacation. Stay tuned for more.
Love to all!