|Ariel (with Peter along for the drive)|
A few weeks ago Lana and I suggested that Ariel take a holiday. Ariel lamented how she would never be able to leave the shop and she had no where to go anyway.
The next day I was visiting a business associate and it dawned on me that the event he was organising was perfect for Ariel. A trip to New York to take part in a Pro life retreat with about 30 other young people (between 17 and 27) as well as plenty of time to visit the important tourist destinations of the town.
As it all fell into place so quickly, Ariel realised it was probably meant to be, so she and Lana quickly arranged for a new passport and some clothes and bags and so on. To help her avoid too much pre trip nerves I organised for the shop's year end stock take to be done before she left. That is because I am extremely considerate!
I found it very odd watching her at the ticket counter liaising with the airline officer regarding her ticket and bags. I know she is fully capable - after all, she has been running the shop since she was 16. But still ... there she was, going overseas without any of us. I know she is with a good group and should have a great time.
We made a deal that Ariel is to send me one email with a photo per day. She has her new iPod touch which can take the photos and send an email so it shouldn't be too difficult. But so far no message.
So, we will have to up the ante.
If we don't get an email, embarrassing old photos of her as a little girl will get posted.
Ariel - you have been warned. :-)