November 16th, 2001 – by: kingsheart
I have a tradition, that started several years ago, of eating at Olive Gardens (an Italian restaurant) before leaving on an overseas trip so that is why the feast.
Why this trip? I was adopted at three days old and raised with two sisters, in 1985 I found my natural family and now all together I have 9 Sisters (two have died) and 7 Brothers. One of my natural sisters, Becky, has had a tough life and never graduated from High School. Becky has four kids " Charity, Curtis, Bridget and Amanda. To encourage my nieces and nephew to graduate from High School I told them I would take them anywhere in the world for a graduation gift. Thus Charity’s trip was Europe.
Before this trip I have made several trips to New York and Illinois where they have lived and spent time with my family. Ok, so let’s begin: I flew from Texas to Chicago and rented a car and drove to Rockford spent a few days then we headed to the airport on our trip. By the way I bought the tickets for this trip September 12, 2001 at 2:00 AM after the terrorist attacks, I though the price might jump up after that so I went ahead and got them later prices dropped and the plane was almost empty to London but full coming back.