Things went as planned for most of the day. By 10 we had decided I would come get her at 4, though she wasn't sure she'd be packed by then and thought it was too early (but I wanted to be home in time for supper). By noon she had called asking me to come at 3 because she had made plans with a friend and needed to get home and get settled. "It isn't going to take me THAT long to pack" she said. (Aren't teens fun??)
I was intending to leave at 1:45. At 12:40 I get this text: "I guess they are taking Gabby to Texas." I had no idea what that meant, but I called to clarify and made it clear that Gabby was too young to be separated from her mom even for a few days and that either Salinda needed to go along to see his family in Texas or Gabby shouldn't go. By 2:20 she had decided to go ahead and go to Texas but mentioned that they might stop by to get her prom dress. When I texted back acting a bit confused, she called me.
When she called I had to laugh at her. She needed a nice dress apparently and it's the only one she has and it's here. But it's a longer trip than she has ever been on. She really has no idea just how long. I just know that I drove to South Texas from Bartlesville, Oklahoma once and I thought I'd never get here. And she is 9 hours from Bartlesville where she is now. I encouraged her to enjoy herself, but I couldn't stop laughing and she finally just said, "I think I'm going to hang up now." But I think she was understanding why I was laughing.
In our family a trip like that would have required 3 months of preparation .... apparently not so there. Part of it is cultural and I'm very accustomed to it, but it is still a bit of a shock to her I think.
So I guess we have a few more days to get things completely ready. They are supposed to be home on Tuesday or something like that. But her biggest concern was that she had plans with a friend tonight and was almost packed to move, so she really didn't want to go to Texas. But she's going. And I love her.
And I'm not going to get baby time this weekend. :-(
Oh well. At least I've gotten to the point where I can expect the unexpected and go with the flow.
I'm still laughing.