But no. They had to cancel their vacation, because Marcie's dad is having major heart surgery on Monday. Marcie, who posts here as "mkk", emailed me this morning.
When I called Air Canada to cancel our reservations, the woman first responded that it would be no problem and that, in view of the situation, she would waive the cancellation fee. She then expressed concern for my father and wished him well, and, of course, I thanked her.Marcie thought there was a certain wmtc-esque quality to this email, and I agree.
I found myself amazed that she did not ask for a letter from my father's surgeon, notarized in triplicate, with a copy of the operative report and of my birth certificate (proving that he is, in fact, my father).
It was as though it never occurred to her that I may not be telling the truth. Life happens. People have loved ones who need surgery, and travel plans change. Air Canada apparently understands that, and they will continue to get my business. Good public relations breeds loyal customers. It's as simple as that.
I know all our best wishes go out to Marcie's mom and dad, and the whole mkk clan.