Saturday, March 8, 2008
I have returned from Germany. It was sad when I left my town for the last time, but boy was I excited to see my family again. I got to Frankfurt and the nice folks at my office called ahead and had someone ready to wheel me through the airport. Don't get me wrong, I can walk, but they knew it was going to be a long long walk and a lot of standing up to get through security. A golf cart drove me through security and I had no trouble getting through. My day begin at 12 AM central time. My flight left Frankfut at 10 AM KC time. The flight was 9 hours long. It is bad enough to sit that long when you are healthy, but nursing a swollen ankle was very hard. I arrived at Dulles airport at 7PM central time. Now, having only heard german for 2 weeks, and having only used German for small talk, questions, and short answers, my mind did not immediately transition to English. It was very unexpected, though the Germans I worked with spoke much better English than did many at the airport. When the currency exchange operator spoke to me, I had to wait a minute before I responded. My next flight left to KC at 9pm central time. The flight was over two hours long and I got back to KC after 11:30 PM. I got home at 10 minutes until 1 AM Central time. It was a 25 hour day, and I didn't sleep that whole time so that I would be able to sleep when I got home. I was so excited to see my wife (the kids were all in bed). It was like a dream. I slept for about 6 hours and then the kids were up. They were very excited as I was to have the whole family reunited. Max kept staring at me and smiling and hugging me (in his head I could tell that he was saying...oh yeah, this is my daddy whom I love). Kynzie was very affectionate and Delainey was also excited. Aside from being very tired, things have transitioned very quickly. We are all back to normal. Also some good news. I have sold the car that has been sitting in my drive way for 1.5 years to one of my neighbors. I'll be happy to have that thing gone.
Posted by jrchaard at 2:22 PM