Oh Murphy’s Law, how I loathe you.
I am excited to say that today starts our two-day voyage to South Africa! We travel quite a bit, and a day or two before we depart, there will always be issues, but this seemed like a more extreme case than we usually have.
1. First, we all got the flu. This wouldn’t be too surprising, but it’s a few hours before take-off and Brian still has a fever.
2. Due to our illness this week, we have played every game and watched every movie we were saving for our 25 hours in the air. I’d like to think we are creative enough to come up with more ideas for the flight, but I’m not delusional.
3. The unusual dilemma this week has been my teeth. One of my caps fell out a few days ago. “Awesome! This is just enough time to get it fixed!” I thought. I drove down to the dentist and had it cemented back in only to feel, last night, another loose cap. Since Brian is feverish and bedridden, I had full packing responsibilities for the four of us. That blasted tooth put a wrench in my packing plans for the day. I seriously thought of just running down to the store, buying some denture adhesive (which I did pack for this trip), and powering through it. But, I couldn’t get the image of my expensive porcelain tooth flying through the air after an overzealous laugh while we are out in the bush, only to be eaten by a curious hyena. So, back to the dentist (an hour away without traffic) again.
4. Since we’re going to be away so long, I packed almost every garment we own. That means we had to use our stained leftovers the past few days. When I had to go shopping at a high-end store for a last minute errand, I noticed the look of either pity or horror on multiple employee’s faces. I looked down at Samuel and realized he had organic aromatherapy play-dough (which could resemble vomit when dried) covering his back pant leg. No one got close enough to him to realize he smelled like lavender rather than bile.
5. The photographer on the trip just called to tell us he forgot his camera….
In the end, Brian is quickly moving towards health on his road to recovery, I have all my teeth, and my kids (starting tomorrow) will be wearing outfits without attached debris.
Look out South Africa, here we come!