Saturday morning we were all ready to drive the 14 plus hours from New York to Atlanta. Rick left early to pick up our rental car in New Jersey and I was proud to have the kids ready and the suitcases all packed, sitting near the door upon his return. But when he walked slowly through the door, a frown on his face, I just knew.
“You weren’t able to get the car, were you?”
Rick: After 2 trains and a mile walk in the freezing snow (no shoes, uphill both directions) to arrive at Enterprise Jersey City – I was told they would not rent to me because my license was out of state (making me wonder about those flying in to rent a car…) and I only had a debit rather than a credit card (making me wonder why you would want an IOU rather than cash in hand…) and the combination making me wonder the value of a reservation and whether they had a car to begin with. I attempted all angles – passport, faxing a copy of credit card, and appeals to the holiday spirit (there was none). I tried Hertz who does rent to a debit card – nothing available. I began making frantic calls to friends about borrowing a car.
Back at home: “Nope. They wouldn’t rent to me.”
Gulp. I am close to tears, envisioning all our Christmas plans quickly disappearing down the drain. What do we do now?
It became clear we would have to fly since a car was not going to magically manifest itself! We go online and a 4:00 flight is available from JFK. We discuss it and decid to go for it. Rick goes downstairs to book the flight… it’s gone. Another quick search, a 4:00 out of La Guardia – QUICK book it!
Not wanting anymore drama we arrive at the airport at 1:30. We are able to switch to a 6:30 direct flight arriving 30 minutes early in Atlanta.
So, long story short, we flew and Micah’s behavior was atrocious the entire way (screaming fits for most of the two hour flight. Dirty looks from fellow travelers) but the important thing is we are here now; safe and sound, happy to be surrounded by the love of family.
You just never know what a day will bring but with a little perseverance and a lot of prayer, it can all work out in the end!:)