Friday, October 14, 2005

the best laid plans

I have some wonderful news. If you remember I was expecting a visitor this weekend? The guys have done me proud, dusted, hunted under the bed for hidden sausages and cowered in the corner while I hoovered and dusted the whole house. Special commendation to Charlie who went completely limp when I used him to sweeep the cobwebs out of the corners of the living room ceiling.

And the good news is that the young lady who became separated at Gatwick airport was not abandoned after all. Her parents, who flew on to Germany, had made arrangements for her to be picked up by relatives so that she might stay in the UK. These arrangements included going through customs and passport checks instead of simply moving through the transit lounge, and depositing thier 8 year old daughter on a seat in the arrivals lounge. They left her with a photo of her uncle (in case her uncle failed to recognise her - there must be lots of 8 year old Indoneian girls sitting alone on chairs in Gatwick airport) and a smattering of schoolroom English. Her parents then checked in again and flew to Frankfurt.

Somehow this well laid plan went awry, and the airport police discovered the poor mite before she was collected by her uncle. (It beggars belief, I am so angry that my eyes hurt), but there is a happy ending. The uncle in question had the decency to declare himself and they have been united. So a happy ending thank goodness, I can't close my eyes without thinking about what might have happened to her...

So we are at a loose end. I feel hollow, I don't know what to do. It's Friday night, so we'll break the bed down, and put the crayons back on the shelf....and thank goodness we kept all the dust!! Come on guys let's put the dust back, that'll keep us occupied for a while.

"Charlie, Charlie, where are you slinking off to..."

(I know that being angry is equal to being selfish...but I can't believe that fucking blogging about it is the only thing I can do!!)

6 comments:

Just Some Gal said...

:-(
I don't know what to say except ((hugs)).

Wendy said...

Oh. Well, I won't say she's 'better off', as leaving a child to be picked up is something I simply cannot get my mind around, but ... nonetheless, you got your house clean, and you have "things" ready for the next time you get such a request.

Miladysa said...

(((Hugs)))

Only one thing to do in a situation like this - let's wee on the parents and the relatives.

OK boys and girls- lets wee on it!

karla said...

Wow, that is a crazy story. Leave a little girl at an airport with a photo of a man who has been assigned to pick her up? I'm not even sure MY haphazard parents would have tried that. I'm glad it turned out in the end, at least.

Wendy said...

LOL! Miladysa!! Yes, yes, let's wee on them!

Wendy said...

Sending you some smiles ...