Saturday, March 29, 2008


The Ecuador students were scheduled to arrive late Thursday evening, but American Airlines canceled more than 250 flights in a single day due to some kind of technical failure. As a result, the students were stranded overnight in Dallas, Texas.

The following day, the host families gathered at Spokane International Airport to await their new arrival time, only to discover yet another flight had been canceled. When the students finally caught the final portion of their journey to Spokane, a snowstorm hit and delayed the flight yet another hour. Some of us had been waiting more than five hours, and of course by then, we were quite anxious and exhausted.

My daughter took this photograph of me pacing about the terminal as I called to find the true arrival time of our students. Tanya Riordan is visible in the background doing the same.

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