‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

We flew out to Ohio today for Christmas. It was a bit of a roller coaster ride in the airport today. Long story short: We got to JFK super early, our flight looked like it was on time. It was supposed to take off at 1:40. At 1:30 they finally told us it was delayed an hour. I was upset, Micah went to get me food (we had an early breakfast and nothing to eat at the airport). While he was gone this couple with a baby came and sat down next to us. First thing the husband said when Micah came back: “Are you a graphic designer?” It turns out they had a design class together at BYU and tons of mutual friends. He and his wife and six-week-old had been stuck in JFK since yesterday because their flight to Maine was canceled (they were flying from Salt Lake and had a connection at JFK). It made our delay seem so trivial and it was so nice to have friends to talk to while we waited.

But then our flight got called, so we said goodbye, went to the gate, and were told that there was no room for us on the flight. Funny thing. Nobody told us we had bought standby tickets. We were obviously upset (and we will never fly Delta again if we can avoid it), but the lady who helped us at the ticket counter was great and made it really hard to be angry. Unfortunately, she couldn’t really get us on the next flight, and it was only by a small miracle in which another couple decided to give up their seats to Columbus (they had found a direct flight to LA) right when we were just about to leave the ticket counter, so we got their seats. And we got to spend another hour with our new friends before we all flew away.

So all’s well that ends well. And although it was a long day at JFK after a long night of packing and a long morning of getting the apartment cleaned, we’re here in Ohio with family for Christmas, and that is what’s important.

Oh, and since I’ve been meaning to blog this for a few days, I might as well do it now. My Journalism professor encouraged me to ask the Journalism department if there might be a space for me in the program starting next semester. So I asked and they said yes! I am very excited, especially because I no longer have to write a thesis and I will still be able to finish by next Christmas. We feel so blessed by the way things have worked out and so grateful for all of these opportunities we have.

4 thoughts on “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

  1. I’m glad you made it on your flight. I don’t know why flying always has to be so stressful. Hope you’re having a Merry Christmas.

  2. Congratulations on the switch to Journalism! And on only having one more year!

    Last Christmas we had almost the exact same situation happen with Delta. They overbooked the flight and for some reason, we got put on standby. I was so angry– why should I pay full price for a ticket and then not be guaranteed a seat?

    I swore never to fly them again, but their tickets to Ohio from Texas were $100 cheaper than everyone else’s….

  3. Congrats on the school stuff. Yeah for less school and no thesis paper!

    And glad you made it on your flight.

  4. Yeah, we’ve had equally distressing experiences with Delta, and having a month-long dispute with their customer service department that seems to think they don’t need customers at all, we’ve agreed to never be their customers again.

    It was SO good to see you at Christmas. And congratulations on the Journalism program! They are so lucky to have you.

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