March 6th, 2005
On Wednesday, February 23rd I boarded a plane early in the morning, heading for Montreal to meet my favourite 15 year old and good friend Emma live and in person for the first time, and hang out with her for a few days. We had all sorts of fun plans that included a couple nights in a hotel downtown while we took in some live music. At the time neither of us were aware of what a completely overwhelmingly amazing few days that would turn out to be!!
I wasn’t sure whether or not I wanted to go into a bunch of details here about it, but I would like to record my memories, so I think I will do a few entries over the course of a few days like I did with my trip to Toronto. This one will probably be shorter though because the trip was only a few days… but it was very action packed!! I think Emma is writing about it from her point of view in her blog soon, so check there too!
My connecting flight to Toronto left very late. After we boarded there were “electrical difficulties” which needed to be repaired before we took off. A lot of passengers were losing their patience, but I figured I’d rather know the plane is safe for flying and wait, than have them do a rush job to appease anxious passengers and then we blow up in the air. Heh. So I pulled out my trusty US Weekly and People magazines and kept myself entertained. Suddenly I heard a flight attendant at the front (I was in the 2nd row, so it was right near me) screaming “Don’t open the door!! DON’T OPEN IT!! DON’T OPEN IT!!!!!!!” She was almost in tears as I heard her frantically screaming and fighting with the door to keep it closed. After whatever crisis was averted I heard her shakey voice screaming to the pilot and other flight attendants that “the door was armed!! He could have been killed! We all could have!!” At that moment two men in the seats across the aisle from me stood up and said “we are getting off this plane” and grabbed their bags from overhead and walked out. The man next to me said “that’s probably a good idea”. So, not off to the smoothest start, I guess you could say. Personally, I felt fine about the flight and wasn’t the least bit worried our lives were in danger so I wasn’t about to get off! I personally think that flight attendant needed a Xanax, though. She was a nervous wreck! We finally prepared for take off and arrived in Toronto a few hours later.
The good thing about that delay, was that my wait in the Toronto airport was shortened considerably. My flight from there left at 5:00, so I spent about an hour in a cafe where I had lunch and another hour reading by the gate before we boarded. That flight left late too, because Jetsgo doesn’t know what being on time means.
So my flight arrived in Montreal about half an hour late. Emma and her mom Lynn were there to meet me! We somehow managed to find a way to get my walker, suitcase and all three of us into the car and drove to Emma’s house in Pierrefords. I love this house! Her mom has done a lot of work on it and it is very cozy and tastefully decorated. The best part for me? The guest room (MY room) is the Sunflower Room ~
The sign on the door
This is significant to me and almost everyone who knows me and anyone who reads this knows why!! This entry explains it. So you can imagine how thrilled I was to be sleeping in the sunflower room! Lynn had been saying recently that she wanted to redecorate that room, and Emma told her “not until after Donna comes!”
I love that wall hanging! And the candle holder! And the comforter! And the border!
And the sunflower guest book and pen!!
I brought a few little presents with me that I gave them… Lynn collects hedgehogs so I had to get her some Purdy’s truffles! Purdy’s is the best chocolate and not available out there, so I also brought some peanut butter bars and a couple Easter eggs for Emma mmmmmmm Emma also got her signed Billy Klippert poster and a book.
Lynn made us dinner and we talked and talked and talked. I already knew Emma was awesome because we talk on MSN all the time, but I didn’t know what to expect from her mother (although, to raise an Emma you’ve got to be pretty cool ) and what an amazing woman she is in so many ways! I got the house tour and saw Emma’s bedroom with all her posters and pictures, it reminded me of my room when I was her age except I didn’t have anything autographed. Yet. She is so far ahead of me in that area, I fear for her future. Ha ha ha!
Anyway, that was Wednesday as I remember it. I slept like a log in that wonderful inspiring room (I wish I could have taken it home with me! But it’s given me some ideas for my office!)
Lots more to come! Check back soon…