in between bronte's birthday and veteran's day, 2007
Bronte's Grandpa had most unexpectedly suffered a stroke and wasn't expected to survive in time for us to say goodbye. This flood of crashing emotions starts rushing as we put Bronte in the bath (with Frank right there on the toilet seat to keep her company) as we go into shock.
These are times it really pays to have a trusted travel agent working with you. When dealing with complex logistics, international flights and connections when muddle-headed, it's better to hand over to a detached professional. There's so much to do aside from find passports, pack and possibly leave on the next flight out.