I’ve learned one thing as I’ve aged . . . to be patient! As I sit here at the airport, I reflect on how I saved some precious bucks by waiting for Southwest Air to have one of their fantastic “Fare Sales”. My reward was to buy a round trip ticket from Philly to Raleigh for $25 each way! Ordinarily, I would drive, but what a time-wise bargain I got on Southwest!
I’m on my way to visit my 3-year old granddaughter. I usually see her twice a year, once when my wife and I drive down, and another time when her parents drive north. Having more vaca days than my sweetheart gave me the time; my patience and Southwest gave me the affordability.
This year, my granddaughter started preschool; that makes one realize how quickly life moves along — it waits for no one. And along with it, our kids and our kids’ kids keep moving along getting bigger and older. If you don’t keep your eye on them, you’ll forget what they look like, as they grow and change! Last month, it seems, I walked with my daughter and my oldest granddaughter, to meet the school bus for her first day in kindergarten. Suddenly, the other day she and I were discussing how difficult but useful her statistics class is as she is a sophomore in college now. Wha’ happened?
Fortunately, five of my grandchildren are a short distance from my home so I get to see most of them often. But, one is 400 miles away — an eight hour drive — and so we don’t get to see her as often. That’s why I watch airfares like a hawk; when a low enough fare pops its head out, I intend to swoop down on it. That takes patience; but the reward is great!
By the way, did I mention that I’m visiting my granddaughter’s parents while I’m there?