Mun & I can you see the excitement? I was so tired from the journey yet I could not hide my excitemet
In early April 2007 my younger brother Arnold informed us of his intentions to marry his girlfriend who we did not know he had. My sister in London sent me the e-mail and talked of arrangements and preparations underway, she asked if I could make it. I was very excited, he was the first boy in the family to propose to a lady and she said yes: I was going to get a sister-in-law ha-ha! I spent another month and a half asking my brother to send me photographs of his bride to be: my brother is something when it comes to communication. He is diligent in communicating when he wants something from you, outside of that he will not care to send an e-mail to find out how you are doing. Nonetheless I love him and I insisted that I wanted to see the lady who I was going to send on a honeymoon and who I was to call sister sooner than later. My persistence paid off and I received a beautiful picture of Josephine; I must say my brother has a great taste for beauty. I was excited, a great reason to travel home this year I thought.
My husband Jerry was not too excited that I would be travelling home amidst our family crisis in the US. I decided the family in Uganda was more important after all, this one was not working out too well. I confirmed with my sister in London that I would be home for the wedding before I knew the dates.
Mum & Anita
I called home to talk to Mum, see what I could do. Mum could not contain her excitement she gets to be ‘Mother of the Groom” for the first time. When I was eventually aware of the marriage date, I was in shock. July 21st my brother said. July was tough as it is peak season not only for travel but at my work place. I had to start pulling hours together and putting in request for time off totaling at least 2 weeks.
All summer dates were blocked as employees request time off at the beginning of each year. I traded time with three colleagues at work and managed a total of 11 days off. I called Emirates US office in New York to talk to a reservations person regarding a ticket to Uganda for July (07/15/2007 through 07/24/2007). This was going to be rather hectic travels given 4 of the days were going to be spent travelling outbound and inbound. The Emirates representative kindly informed with such enthusiasm in her voice that if I could go online, I had a chance of booking their special New York ��" Dubai flight leaving on July 17th for $1645 instead of $2100. I rushed to my computer and logged on to www.emirates.com from where I had the options to enter the site of my location: the options were North & South America, Europe, The Middle East & Africa or Asia & the Pacific.
Me & Anita
I launched the North & South America link and clicked United States which is my country of residence and the rest was piece of cake. My ticket was booked and bought in minutes. My girlfriend Agnes was visiting at the time and she was so excited that I would be going home, she offered to spend time with me when I go home.
Me, Anita & Jimmy
July did not come fast enough: when it finally did I packed my bags and carried two over weight suitcases with presents for the bride and groom to be. My gift to the married couple was a honey moon to their destination of choice: my brother chose Cape Town- South Africa as the place to honeymoon with his beautiful wife. I asked him t go ahead and arrange it with a travel agent and I would take care of the bill on arrival on July 17th.
My sister Beatrice planned her trip from London to Kampala to arrive two days later than mine: she would leave Desire behind with her husband and children since Desire was spending the summer in London.
It proved rather too expensive to bring the children with us, I was sorry Desire did not get to be a flower girl as originally planned.
My sister Anita
My journey to Kampala began on July 15th from Sonoita. I left Sonoita as early as 5:30 a.m. for a three hour journey to Phoenix’s Sky Harbor airport where I was catching my Delta flight to Phoenix. My flight was scheduled to depart Sky harbor at 10:30 a.m. and arrive New York’s JFK at 5:30 p.m. My international flight out of JFK to Dubai would then leave at 9:30 p.m. arriving at midnight on the 16th.
An overnight at the Millennium hotel at the expense of Emirates Airlines since my connecting flight to Entebbe would not depart until 8:15 a.m. the following morning (July 17th). Talk of long journeys and far away destinations. My trip was eventless and we departed Dubai the following morning as scheduled arriving gin Entebbe at exactly 2:45 p.m. East African Standard time.
Mum and I
I had arranged with my former Tour & Travel Safari driver Robert to have me picked up on arrival in Entebbe since Beatrice would be two days late arriving. My sister Anita was to bring Mum along to the airport at my request. With her were Mum and my maternal Uncle and his wife, and my brother Jimmy (I can never really describe the inner pride and excitement with which I greet my family whenever I go home). If you have lived away from home as long as I have you know what it is like to go home and be welcomed as if you were a king. My family has the capacity to shower one with so much love it is intoxicating.
To be continued . . .