On Thursday, February 25, 2010, Dick left for a long weekend to visit Juanita.
His timing was actually perfect. I was ecstatic.
M birthday was the next day, Friday, February 26th. With him going away, Dick unknowingly was giving me the best birthday gift of all— leaving me alone and being as far away from me as possible! Never in my wildest dreams could I ever have imagined that this would have been the best present I could have possibly received for my birthday.
Finally, something was going my way!!! I looked up to the sky and mouthed “Thank you.”
By mid-morning I was starting to relax and unwind. By the late afternoon I was nearly floating on air.
That was until Ashley came home from school and hit me with a bombshell. She told me that Dick texted her and said that his flight was canceled. If he couldn’t reschedule to one taking off later that afternoon, he’d be home by 10:30 that evening.
NOOOOOOOOOO, I screamed silently in my head.
I quickly got on my computer and checked American Airlines flight status. There were no canceled flights headed to the Valley of the Sun. The plane Dick was supposed to be on not only took off on time, it landed early. Something was fishy. All I could hope for was that somehow he re-booked on another airline.
My excitement was short-lived. At 10:00 PM, Dick came home…but his luggage didn’t.
The only thing that could have happened was that in between the time Dick got to the airport and before he was supposed to board the plane, he and Juanita got into a humongous argument and she told him not to bother coming to see her. Most likely he checked his bag when he got to the airport and his luggage went out to Arizona without him. I deduced that was why he returned empty-handed.
With Dick home, it was a given that he would do everything he could think of to ruin my birthday.