The trip to go to the graduation went differently this time. Another tractor trailer over turned on I-40 in Green Co the very morning we had to leave for Charlotte NC. These overturned trucks on the Interstate seem endemic these days. They decided to close the entire Interstate for a good 7 hours if not more.
Guess who needed I-40 to get over the mountains to Charlotte? That would be me. So, we had to divert to I-81 and go allllll the way to Kingsport and beyond and find I-26, and then travel on it till I was in familiar territory after which time I got onto US74 E. It was a long while to get to my son's home. We piled into HIS car and traveled another 4 hrs. to stay over night in a motel as the graduation as 1000 hrs Friday morning. My room was OK and I inspected the bed. Two of my sons who were together in the next room discovered bedbugs. They at the front desk, besides being not speaking English much were very defensive about it the bedbugs. Bruce made them come and look at it. And he made a video. He showed them THAT too. So they were given another room at which time the boys completely stripped the beds or close enough looking for bedbugs.
The so-called Continental breakfast next morning was terrible. Very little coffee, dried/ dessicated bagels and 4 small stale little donuts and a few slices of bread. The coffee was in a qt. sized thermos thing and she took her time refilling it.
Coming home entailed a LONG delay (not our weekend to travel I guess) that was an located and completely unexpected delay at that, west bound I-40 where the huge used-to-be-rock slide is in the Smokey Mountains. (They are still working there shoring up the mountains).
The trip was more than worth it all, both coming and going. We got to see a much awaited graduation with all due pomp and circumstance and an Army band. Lunch with the friends and guests who attended with us, and then back to Charlotte. AND, on the way back to Charlotte we stopped at a roadside stand that had genuine for real home made ice cream and it was peach ice cream. They had a kazillion peaches from their farm for sale too. Those ice cream cones were huge. Each scoop was fully half a cup of ice cream I swear. That was a towering double scoop that took time to eat and it was fantastically delicious.
The Grad and me and both sons (third boy could not make it due to work) made it back to Charlotte about 7pm that evening. Hot, sweaty and full of ice cream and everyone happy. Our Grad boy got his first iPhone for his graduation from his dad. Friends gave gifts too, mostly money. He handed that bounty pretty much to his dad..my son for safe keeping.
All you Daddies out there, Happy Father's Day tomorrow. All of you women who may be as I was, a mom and a dad (best I could) Happy Father's Day to YOU as well. With love and gratitude to each conscientious parent, single or married, especially you Dad's.