I never wrote about Megan and Christopher’s trip to California over the 4th, so here are the highlights:
Christopher got to see all his siblings
Megan got to see her cousins
There were BBQs, swimming, a bounce house, fireworks, golf (for Christopher), Toy Story 3 (for Megan), and lots of family time.
And there was In N Out.
And flying First Class.
Why First Class? Megan asks. That’s a cool story. Christopher purchased the plane tickets using miles, and Megan and Christopher were seated on the last row of a full plane. It was against the rules for them to upgrade to First Class.
But upgraded they were.
Seated across the aisle from them was an old Ukranian couple, who had been living in Sacramento for 7 years and were on their way to Kansas City to see their children.
They did not speak English. No one from the airline spoke Russian or Ukrainian. They were having a hard time. They were also upgraded to first class, and seated next to a man who happened to have served a Mormon mission in Donetsk, Ukraine.
The couple were disabled, and had a long layover in Atlanta. The airline was going to drop them off at their next gate, but refused to assist them in getting something to eat or taking care of their other needs.
Christopher intervened, “Can’t you put them up in the VIP Lounge or something?”
“No, sir, we can’t do that.”
Christopher said, “Then I will.” And he took his four VIP passes that he gets per year, and instead of coming home and sleeping (it was a red-eye flight that landed at 6 a.m.), Christopher helped this couple get settled in the VIP lounge and made sure an airline employee would pick them up and take them to their next flight.
The couple was so grateful. “We were praying someone would come along and help us,” they said. The airline was surprised Christopher would go out of his way to help a stranger.
But wouldn’t the world be a better place if we did?