Final guest blog from Dad (I was severely squeezed out of the picture by Kelsey and Emilie this past week) with some additional reflections on Kelsey’s journey to and from France.
My question above? I don’t know is the answer…although we have been anticipating the arrival of Kelsey for days and weeks, it hardly seems possible that she will be walking out of Immigration (will she be speaking French as she hands over her passport?)and Customs (will they know what a box of macaroons look like or will they mistake them for tiny whoopie pies?) and into our loving arms and life again. Well, as you know, she has placed high expectations on the type of welcome she expects…and we will do our best (poster – check; food – check; balloons ??; sweats – ok but those will be in the car;) and she forgot tears and cheers, particularly from Dillon (well that may be a stretch, most likely me.)
What I can tell you is it will be a “force” to be reckoned with, like a big wind of energy and excitement. We will all be excited to see how she looks and whether we can see any “change” in our international traveler. I for one will undoubtedly say something “dad-like” which means corney or silly or old-school but it will be heartfelt and loving…
I don’t think we are prepared as we might think we are…Maria needed time off from Dillon being back and so I took him to Denver to give her a much needed break over the weekend. With Kelsey and Dillon both home (and their unique food requirements), we both may need to take some time off. But that will come when she and Dillon head back to their respective UC’s.
Finally, a short list of things I think I’ll miss/not miss about Kelsey’s adventure abroad:
1) French strikes: Either Kelsey has bad timing or Air France workers knowingly picked the time when Kelsey planned to fly to several destinations to make her/my life stressful. I mean really? Not sure if this is a socialist thing but striking at the drop of a hat just doesn’t seem to be effective in getting what they want which is either working less or more money and typically both at the same time.
2) Dinnertime Skype: To be truthful, I don’t think Kelsey embraced the Skype option very much. I think either the timing (usually during her preparation for dinner at 7-8 pm her time) or my demand to see her lovely face via video turned her away from this communication vehicle. I think she much rather converse with her mom via phone or to me via email. I think the technology is the best thing sinced slice bread. I mean come on, you can talk and see each other for free over the internet…who likes typing out your messages, etc. and who likes paying AT&T? I’d much rather talk live…Besides, I still can’t figure out the proper colons and semi-colon sequence to get a “wink” or smiley face in my emails!
3) Europe: It has been fun “viewing” Paris and other cities through Kelsey’s eyes…living vicariously through her descriptions of the people, location, food and day to day stuff has been really cool. I may have to find another travel blog to help “wean” me down from my weekly routine…
4) Gomez: Yes, I have to admit I’ve been driving Kelsey’s Honda Fit around quite a bit. I think he’ll miss me as I’ve tended to pick up my trash and throw it away versus leaving it in the car for anthropological purposes as he has been accustomed to with Kelsey. Plus, we’ve been getting about 32 MPG, better than my 24 MPG in the Beemer!
5) Handstands: What are we, her loyal followers, going to do when she gets back to the US? Will she continue to blog? Will she lose interest in entertaining her minions? How will we wake up each day wondering whether we will get a post or two from Paris? I hope the withdrawal is not as bad as not drinking coffee for a day…that’s just miserable!
So that’s it from me. We love you Nestle and look forward to seeing you back in California where it will be warm and sunny and we won’t judge you if you don’t wear a scarf or if you choose to wear sweats! Dad