We came with only one suitcase and 2 back packs to Illinois because we've got clothes and footwear for every season packed in the attic. However, our purchases in Illinois required more space.
Tiffany had an extra hand-carry luggage so she gave it to us to use. We told her we'd return it next year.
That last moment is always the hardest. That last hug, that last wave...
It was gut wrenching to see KC's tiny hand waving and waving until they were out of sight.
Tiffany already had a plan in place to take KC's mind off the parting. She took her to a huge Halloween fest at one of the shopping malls that afternoon. KC had a terrific time!
Art decided to pay the $25.00 to have our silver hand-carry shipped straight to Hawaii since we'd have that same stop-over in Phoenix where we had to run to catch our connecting flight and almost missed it. Running with extra luggage did not appeal to him.
We noticed that O'Hare Airport already had a sink in place at the security gate so you could empty your water bottle and fill it on the other side. We had already emptied our water bottle at home.
When we got to the gate, we heard the announcement that they were offering to send hand-carry luggage to our FINAL destination for FREE! Arrrghhhh! We wouldn't have had to pay!
When we got to Phoenix, the gates were different. We didn't have to rush because our arrival and departure gates were close together. We even had time to grab a quick burger. Arrrrghhhh!
The rest of the flight went smoothly and my brother, Dennis was waiting for us with a smile, a hug and news of all that had happened in the month that we were gone.
Mom had some nishime (Japanese stew), namasu (pickled cucumbers), rice and kabocha (pumpkins) waiting on the kitchen table. She usually eats at 5:00 or earlier, but she'd waited 2 hours so she could eat with us.
It was hard leaving home, but it's nice to be home too.