I am still trying to catch up on back posts from Kurban Bayramı. I have been a bit behind and was a little tired last week, but for a great cause. I flew home to surprise my mother on her birthday…for the weekend. Yes. The Weekend. It was epic.
My mother was throwing herself a birthday party, celebrating her new life and new start. I really wanted to be there. As an expat you get used to missing the birthdays and other important events like weddings, reunions and births, but you still wish you were there. I missed my grandmother’s 100th birthday party last month. I decided this time it was worth it to make the trip.
My brother was my partner in crime. We arranged the pickup and the meeting. I was supposed to fly into Logan at 1:30 pm Friday, take the bus to Concord and meet my mother for dinner. Timing was crucial because I was going to get there Friday afternoon and fly out Sunday afternoon. But the Airplane Gods were against me. I almost didn`t make it.
I got to the Esenboğa airport at 3:30 am. I was in line at 3:45. The third in line to be exact. The Lufthansa employees said they would start checking us in at 4 am. At 5 they were still unable to boot up the computers. After a change of computer venue, a race and a blood bath to get in line AGAIN, I was checked in. Then I waited some more. We were delayed and I almost missed my flight. Actually EVERY flight was delayed. By the time I got to Boston Logan I had missed my bus, but I knew it left Logan and went to South Station before it left for NH. I ran to a taxi and made my bus with 1 minute to spare!
Once on the bus I was finally able to relax. I was almost there! My brother picked me up, and we went to the restaurant he had arranged to meet my mother at for her birthday dinner. When she came in, she was shocked. She actually didn’t know what to say. The first thing she said was, “Why are you here?” Ouch! But by the time we had dinner and the shock wore off. She was really surprised, and really happy.
Saturday was surreal, we went out for a jog and then prepped for her party. I was given a list and sent to the grocery store, it was just like a normal visit. I loved every minute of it. Of course the party was a blast. Old friends, new friends and neighbors came. Everyone had a great time, especially my mother. Sunday we met my brother for lunch and then did some shopping and went to the buys station. I hate leaving, every time it is very difficult. The worst time is the couple of hours before you get to the bus station or airport, when you can`t pretend you aren`t leaving anymore but the leaving part is not final. Waiting in the airport is less sad, plus there is wine there.
It was a whirlwind trip and I was certainly tired when I went to work the morning after flying in at midnight the night before. But it was absolutely worth it. To be able to celebrate with my mom, to have that time with her was amazing. Happy birthday mom! I hope this year is the first of many that are fantastic, full and exciting!