Traveling Stand-By…

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Wow, what a reality check!

I have never tried to fly on stand-by before and I hope I don’t have to do it again anytime soon.

But some things are totally worth it. And in this case it’s MORE than worth it.

As I sat in the airport this morning at 6:00 a.m. (for a 7:00 a.m. flight that I had NO CHANCE of getting on due to the fact the 5:30 a.m. flight was cancelled and all those people were now waiting for MY 7:00 a.m. flight), I had a huge range of emotions come over me.

Calm…STRESS…patience…PANIC…acceptance…FEAR…

Annnnnnd, of course, I missed that 7:00 a.m. flight…

Which is OK since I have time to get to Colorado before I teach my Essential Oils class. So 9:15 a.m. flight here I come…or here I wait…

Oversold and I’m 4th in line on STAND-BY…

“Never,” I thought, “NEVER will I make it.”

I started to make alternate plans…inside I was hopeful, outside I had given up.

Marcia Hoffheins

Going to teach an essential oils class in Colorado…if I can make it.

They began to board the flight when they came over the P.A.

“Passenger Lewis and (a name I cannot pronounce), please come to the desk.”

I watch as they approach, thinking THEY are taking MY seat.

“We have 1 seat left…do you two want to be split up?”

They discuss. I can’t hear them. I am holding my breath.

“NO…ME ME, it’s MY seat! PLEASE!”

Marcia Hoffheins

Made the first flight but missed my connecting flight. So maybe I am going to Colorado? This is crazy…

They decide not to split up and I got on the flight!

Relief, joy, excitement, anticipation…and then I hear…

“Passengers, we will be delayed due to weather in Charlotte…20 minutes.”

So I miss my connecting flight in Charlotte.

Yes, that happened.

Here I sit…the 1:00 p.m. to Pheonix is sold out…and I’m on STAND-BY AGAIN.

Will I make it?

I hope so–because this trip is WORTH IT!

XO – M

(Stay tuned…do I make it? )