We were following Catherine’s flight to South Korea on the computer, but after awhile, it looked like the Flight Tracker was stuck in the same place. I am not one to worry much, but I’d be lying if I said that the idea of a plane crash didn’t cross my mind.
I drove to pick Elisabeth up at work, and mentioned that the Flight tracker hadn’t moved for awhile and Elisa looked at her phone and gasped a little. I asked her what she had found, and she laughed as she explained that she had just Googled it and found an article titled ‘Delta 747 jet destroyed by hail during flight to Seoul’, but that the article was from last summer (though it was Cat’s exact flight — DL 159 from Detroit to Seoul — and as a note, even that hailstorm didn’t cause the plane to crash) .
Once we got home, I checked again and the Flight Tracker had advanced and showed that Cat’s plane was flying over Russia. And nothing personal, Mr. Putin, but I’d be lying if I said that put my mind at ease very much.
But Catherine landed in Inchon airport, texted us that she had made some Finnish and Taiwanese friends and was doing great, and ready to start her life 14 hours ahead of us.
Catherine, we’re excited for you and we love you very much, or as we would write in Korean…
우리는 너를 사랑해
(which is pronounced exactly as it looks — ‘ ulineun neoleul salanghae’)