I may have mentioned it once or twice but Jamaica is my absolute favourite place in the world. My first semester of grad school was stressful but I came, I saw and I conquered. My reward would be a trip home where I would be surrounded by my favourite people so I could recharge my batteries. As the day of my departure drew near I would have this recurring dream where I would miss my flight because I overslept.
Last Thursday, in preparation for my upcoming trip I set 5 alarms to ensure I wouldn’t oversleep when one mind seh, “check-in for your flights” and a good ting too ’cause my first flight was cancelled. Thanks for the heads-up Delta*rolls eyes*! Panic set in so like any 22 year old I called my mom for emotional support. While she was on the line, I searched for alternate flights that would not interfere with my third flight, a connection on Caribbean Airlines. Once that was all sorted, my heart rate decreased and I reset my five alarms.
I woke at 1am after getting 2.5 hours of sleep. Looking back I should have made a greater effort to get more sleep but yuh live and yuh learn. I made it to Atlanta still sleep deprived and decided to hunt for some soup to help the 3 hour layover go by more quickly. Well, in case you were wondering, you have a 0% chance of finding a restaurant in the airport that sells soup at 8am. How inconsiderate! I eventually settled on a sandwich and made my way to my gate.
At my 10.40am boarding time, the gate agent announced that the flight was delayed because we were awaiting the arrival of one of the flight attendants. All this time I’m wondering why we couldn’t start the boarding process while we waited but I let it go. I was going home, so I didn’t care.
While we were waiting it started snowing and that was the moment everything started going south. The flight attendant eventually arrived and we finished boarding at 11.49, which was our scheduled departure time. My third flight wasn’t boarding til 3.30, so I still had plenty of time.
“Hello ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain. I would like to thank you for choosing Delta. Right now we have a 2 hour wait for them to de-ice the plane but once we’re there it will only take about 15 minutes and then we’ll be on our merry way. I’ll continue to check in with you with updates as I get them”
Ever the optimist, I figured I’d be cutting it close but it was doable. Right?
Hate to break it to ya folks, but there’s a part 2. Fret not! I’ll have it posted shortly ❤