June 3 –6, 2011
- Updated June 20, 2011
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By LEWIS NOLAN
June 3, 2011 – Friday – Travel from Memphis to Nolan home at Arlington, VA
I was up at 5 a.m. to get ready for the morning’s direct
flight on Delta Airlines from
Mainly Betty had spent much of the previous day getting us
organized for the long weekend excursion by packing our clothing and gifts plus
checking our reservations and getting our airplane boarding passes online. We
had driven across the still-flooded Mississippi River with our pet greyhound,
Fiona, to the boarding kennel adjacent to the Southland
Race Track in
We trusted the kennel, its director and fine staff to take excellent care of our much-loved dog and were confident she would be comfortable in the surroundings with her fellow, four-legged racers that could hit speeds of 40 mph and higher during their sprints around the track.
As usual, Betty cooked me an excellent breakfast of ham and
eggs, which I ate bout 5:30 a.m. since I knew no food of consequence would be
provided on our
Our good friend, Nancy Russell, who had been my
pre-retirement administrative assistant at the old Schering-Plough HealthCare
Products operational headquarters in
Check-in at the Delta desk was a breeze since we had already
checked in and printed the boarding passes on our home computer. The plane –
with six tourist-class seats across was full.
We happened to sit in the same row as a chatty young African woman who was a student in International Relations at the
The flight was pretty much on time. As promised, Casey was
waiting for us in his Ford Explorer in a special, “cell-phone parking lot” not
far from the Delta terminal. We called him once we had picked up our luggage
and met him shortly after at the pick-up curb. It was a scenic drive by the
still-swollen Potomac River from the
We quickly met Casey and Caroline’s hired “nanny,” a young
Unfortunately, Monica had just put the boys – our grandsons Carden Lewis Nolan and his twin Aiden Mayer Nolan – to bed for their afternoon nap after feeding them lunch. However, Betty “sneaked a peek” at the sleeping boys in their separate baby beds in the upstairs nursery. We had a lot of fun with them during their waking hours and were pleasantly surprised at how well-mannered they were and how much they enjoyed being held.
We did re-establish contact with the family pet, a light
yellow Golden retriever dog named
I had a sandwich made in
Later in the afternoon, Betty and I with
Once back at the Nolan home, I enjoyed my customary afternoon map in the upstairs guest room, shaded by special darkening blinds over the windows. I was awakened by the squealing cries of the young boys in the next room, their carefully designed, painted and decorated nursery. After 20 or so minutes, their squeals turned to “screaming,” which I’d been warned about by Casey, and then ceased. But shortly after I re-awakened to what I thought was Betty’s voice in the next room, which in fact was her, talking to our beautiful grandsons.
I got up in time to decamp from the guest room just about when Caroline arrived home from her work at Freddie Mac. I did a little note-taking in my brought-from-home Dell mini-computer in preparation to write this travelogue in a few days.
Later in the afternoon, with Betty’s culinary expertise and some fresh fish and other purchases she and Casey had made at a nearby store while I napped, she and Caroline made a delicious dinner the four of us enjoyed. It included fresh shrimp and red snapper, baked sweet and Irish potatoes, fresh asparagus, steak covered with a fresh sweet sauce made of a mango by Caroline.
It was truly a wonderful dinner, topped off by a glass of wine.
I went to bed fairly early, intending to rise early on Saturday morning so Betty and I could accompany Casey and Caroline as they took the twin boys to an early “diaper swim” class at a pool at a nearby high school.