Aeroplan and my Sister Rule!
springs into action...
came three days ago and with a vengeance. Not only did
we get the green light to travel from our adoption agency,
but we had only a very quick turnaround to inform them
of our travel plans so they could start booking all
of the internal travel and appointments. Add to that,
we found a giant Air Canada seat sale that advertised
Economy seats to China down to about $1000 – sale
ending shortly. If we couldn't get those Biz class seats,
we needed to know fast so we could benefit from the
airline's announced specials. Crunch time had come.
We called Steve.
tolerates my stressed out emails…
man, Steve - this virtual stranger (and complete stranger
to me), literally flew into action. Back and forth he
went, calling the Montreal office where Mindy Goldberg
at Executive Customer Solutions took the lead, desperately
trying to find us a direct flight so we could bring
Beckett home in the lap of luxury. He tolerated my stressed
out emails, my overt manipulation (I sent him a picture
of the baby which I knew was 'dirty pool'). He listened
patiently to my pleas and tales of woe. I even lied!
I promised to name the baby, 'Steve'. (So sue me.) Steve
laughed via email and good naturedly told me I was 'killing
behold, this morning, I got confirmation directly from
Mindy in Montreal that the deal was done. They had checked
and double checked, looked under rocks, probably called
in a few favors, and allowed themselves to be led by
their hearts – and the glorious result was two
return Air Canada Business Class seats to Beijing, including
a lap seat in the name of Fu Li Zhuang (Beckett's Chinese
name) which made me cry when I saw it.
you with big love...
you Erica for your generous and smart present. I will
never mock your loyalty point hoarding again. Thank
you Mindy – Queen of the Deal and thank you Steve
Allmen – the guy who had nothing to gain but good
karma, and chose to go above and beyond the call of
duty. Russ and I are sending you extra love and good
karma. And thank you Aeroplan
for having a program like this in the first place for
people like us.
Beckett gets on that plane in Beijing and looks around,
she’s gonna be thinking “WOW – Major
score on the parents”. Little will she know that
Russ and I may not have the big bucks, but we sure have
the best people.
helps to bring 1st granddaughter home...
an adopted child home is an incredible journey. It is
the fears, joys and emotions of nine months wrapped
up into two weeks. Journeywoman accompanied her daughter,
Leslie when we brought her first treasured daughter
home. It is an experience I will never forget. Our trip
back to Canada took 22 hours in economy class and Leslie
and I took turns holding Lotus for all that time. You
can read about our experience in China by clicking right