Friday, September 17, 2010
My cousin called me from Ireland this evening regarding a surprise birthday party for our aunt. Our aunt has lived in London for more than 50 years. She goes back to Ireland for every special occasion and she has come to the states about 10 times in the past 40 years. She is childless, but treated all of her nieces & nephews like they were her own. Of my Mother's 10 siblings she is 1 of 4 still living.
I hate to fly, but I really want to go to this party. The 2 aunts there are the greatest. They have always been great to all of us. They were here with me 8 years ago for 2 weeks after my Mother passed. It is planned for January, ice & snow season yuk! The party will be in London, but if I do go I will have to go to Ireland to see some older relatives who will not be going to London. One is my mom's oldest living sister who is 85 with Alzheimer's disease. The other is an uncle, age 86, the husband of another aunt who has passed. I talk to him every 3 weeks or so, I would really like to see him. I also have at least 100 relatives from my Father's side, who I write & talk too regularly, whom I would love to see again too.
I've checked fares to London, one way, it will run $1000 + then 74 Euros from London to Ireland. Then from Ireland to Philly one way is $998. I'm thinking I should go to Ireland round trip. But not let Aunt May know that I am there, so as not to ruin the surprise. I think the cost will be much cheaper. Then just book a flight from Ireland to London, round trip for the party.
Then back to Ireland for a few day, and leave from there to the US. I bet that would be the most cost effective way to fly. I will check that out.
However, I am still not a happy flyer since 9/11. I have 2 sister with ailments here whom I help out as much as possible. Neither one would be available to fly with me to the party. My DH will not fly either. I would be going myself, not a happy thought. I want to go, but I am scared to fly. What to do???
We are having a family get together tomorrow. I will check to see if anyone would like to go with me. Maybe I can convince one of my siblings to go.
To be continued.