Embrace Murphy's Law - My Family Travels

Murphy’s Law states: “If anything can go wrong, it will go wrong”.  Some may find this law a curse, I choose to embrace it and look forward to it, and really if you think about it you should too.

Case in point, my trip to Seattle.  This wasn’t my first trip to another state, but it was my first on an airplane at the ripe old age of 12.  My family and I were travelling on Memorial Day weekend to visit my older brother stationed at Ft Lewis, WA and to enjoy the Pacific Northwest.

We arrived at the Tulsa Int’l Airport late that afternoon, I anxiously awaited to depart and when called we got on the plane, and stayed on the plane, and stayed on the plane, and then taxied to our runway, and then taxied back to the gate.   What a let-down, thus begins Murphy’s Law. 

It seems a tornado at Denver had kept us in our hometown for two agonizing hours and when we finally got to fly we missed our connection to Seattle… the last flight to Seattle that evening from Denver. Naturally, no one in my family had ever had a delayed flight and had no idea how to handle the situation.  We waited for an hour and a half in a line with other travellers who missed their flights and were told that we would get the next flight in the morning and that there were hotel shuttles that would take us to a hotel for the night.  Great!  The adventure began: reserving a room with a cellphone while trying to find the shuttles, arguing over finding the right shuttle, and then a hair-raising ride in the dark for half an hour.

When we arrived in Seattle we were lost, it was so big we couldn’t find where my brother was going to meet us.  After more arguing about where to go, we found him, enjoyed our remaining days visiting the rainforest, the beach and even took a whale-watching tour around the San Juan Islands. 

We maxed-out our fun even losing a half a day.  But long after I forget the name of the whale we saw, I will always remember my first time flying only because of the delay and what I thought had ruined my trip.  Now I realize that the biggest memory I will have earned seemed like a curse, but actually was a gift.

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