We are THRILLED today to welcome my parents to Nantes! They arrived this morning right on time, having left Seattle at 2:45pm on Thursday and touching down in Nantes at 10:40am. Time difference factored in, that’s 12 hours of travel from lift-off to touch-down. They flew nonstop from Seattle to Paris and then caught a connecting flight from Paris to Nantes.
Today’s photo is of my mom greeting Chloe for the first time in over 4 months. Chloe had just exited the tram at our stop after spending the morning at school. A similar scene played out about 5 hours later when Ella got home from school. Soon after, my parents excitedly pulled out two suitcases of “paraphernalia” they brought from home, including Kraft Mac ‘n Cheese, Swedish Fish, and Costco-sized packages of chocolate chips, what one might call “health foods” (can you imagine the conversations the airport x-ray operators were having after scanning these bags?). They also brought several books, including 3 Kurt Vonnegut novels for me, some requested clothes (including Granny’s homemade pajamas!), and a care package of items from PSCS. The screams of glee and excitement could hardly be contained. It was Christmas in November in Nantes today, courtesy of Santa Granny & Grandad.
What a fabulous world we live in, one in which somebody’s parents can visit so easily from half a world away and bring so many “comfort” items from home. This is Andy signing off from a happy place in France tonight!