Oh boy did surrender play out in a special way this week!
I’ve written before about my dear friends, Steve and Renee Kantor. Steve wanted to surprise his bride for a landmark birthday this year, and decided to fly me up to make a special guest appearance at a dinner on Thursday evening. What a treat for ME, right?
I departed Sarasota for a quick layover in Charlotte. Flight was delayed; no biggie. I love sitting in airports, having random conversations with people, making babies smile, drinking Starbucks and reading magazines that have NOTHING to do with personal or professional development.
As boarding time approached, all of a sudden I heard a whoosh of murmuring – and not happy murmuring. I look up and see in red letters on the screen, “FLIGHT CANCELLED.” A throng rushed the US Airways counter for help and we all simultaneously called the 800 number to try and snag the next flight to Philly.
Turns out one was readying to leave in a half hour about 10 gates down. Glad I was wearing flip flops, I sprinted like OJ in the old Hertz commercials to said gate. Only to be told “not a chance.”
But wait! There was a 5:55 PM departure another ten gates down. I could get on stand-by and maybe even make dessert! I comically ran, tripping over my carry on to secure my stand-by status, then settled down with my magazine, maintaining the hopeful stance that all was going to work out great.
I kept in constant contact with my benefactor, whose best laid plans to surprise his wife were disintegrating with every passing moment. It would be a while before I’d know if I was actually going to BE on this flight. My blood pressure was spiking.
And then I remembered the WOW – the Word of the Week: SURRENDER.
This was all going to work out the way it was meant to. If that meant I’d get to PA in time for dinner with my friend, so be it.
As the stand-by flight screen suddenly flashed “FLIGHT CANCELLED” it was evident the universe had other plans.
Which included an unexpected overnight stay in Charlotte, North Carolina and a wake-up call for 3 AM so I could get on the next flight to Philly.
Renee had a fantastic dinner with her closest friends (except me) – and she didn’t even know to be disappointed, because she had no clue I was en route. I even called her from the hotel, acted like Duane was in the background shouting “Happy Birthday” and kept the ruse going.
Hey, a surprise is a surprise…even if it doesn’t go exactly as planned.
As she readied her morning coffee and was sending me e-mails to tell me about her birthday dinner, I was pulling into her driveway. Steve said to her, “Honey, one of your gifts was supposed to be delivered yesterday but it just arrived. Can you come to the kitchen?”
Thinking it was flowers, she entered the room, looked around – and there I was. Her response? Priceless. Happy tears all around, and a beautiful day spent together in celebration of a life and a friendship that means the world to me.
You know what they say; for a writer, everything is “material.” And though it wasn’t how I planned my Thursday to go, it made for a good story and an example of the choices we face daily to surrender (or scream.)
Since I seem to be living out these WOWs in spectacular fashion, I am SUPER excited to live out THIS week’s word. Here it is!
So, I want to LOL, guffaw, giggle, smile and chuckle this week. Tickle my toes (and my funny bone!) Tell me a wacky story! I’ll tell you some of mine.
Bottom line? It’s a week to LIGHTEN UP and find the humor in every circumstance.
Even if it involves cancelled flights, missed parties and unexpected overnights in an unplanned city!
What’s the latest funny thing that’s happened to YOU?