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Sleep, Real Soon Now

I'd been planning to have a slow Sunday, sleeping in after a lovely date night with BB, getting up and responding to folks online and then maybe even getting some writing done, but it ended up being a tad more active.

I got a call from a fannish friend, asking if we could possibly rescue a family member who'd been unexpectedly stranded in downtown Chicago with a toddler, after missing a bus connection back to her place. After waking up a little more fully, I got into the car and headed south to the Loop, only to discover that I'd gotten to the wrong bus station - they weren't stranded at the Harrison Street Greyhound station, but at the stationless Megabus stop a little farther north and to the east. Gah.

While there had been some thought of me ferrying them to the Millenium Park station of the South Shore Line, which would have gotten them to South Bend, Indiana (hubby could have picked them up there rather than adding three hours round trip by having to come in all the way to Chicago), that turned out to be very sub-optimal. Why? Because there was a marathon being run right through the Loop, and getting to the Millenium Park station would have required driving through some barricades. The police tend to look askance at that.

So we brought 'em back to our place, I made some mac and cheese, fed 'em, and sent them to bed until hubby/dad came to pick them up. Mom had barely slept all night, because she'd been parked in a Dunkin Donuts since midnight or so, and I am absolutely amazed that the little one was as lovely as she was on what little sleep she probably had. BB dredged up his long-ago mad daycare skillz and had fun with the toddler (who really was amazingly sweet) while I put the mac and cheese together; thank god I remembered in time that we were feeding this to said toddler, and avoided putting in the hot sauce with which I normally infuse my homemade mac and cheese.

And they have a wonderful hubby/dad to come all the way from home, 2-ish states away, to pick them up and then turn around and head all the way back. I was a little worried that the two adults were going to have trouble getting home, but they assured me they would be trading off the driving as often as necessary to maintain safety.

BB and I are now completely dragged out because We Are Old. I am going to watch a little anime with my beloved and then I am getting the hell to bed before the last of my brain cells leave my head in protest of my bad treatment of them.
Oh, and although it's the end of the day - Happy Moon Landing Day! I hope we get back there soon.

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Jul. 21st, 2014 02:21 am (UTC)
Aw, that was wonderful of you to give them a place to stay and recharge. Being anywhere with a toddler is exhausting enough; getting stranded at a bus stop with one would be horrible.

Happy destroy all Silents on sight Moon Landing day indeed! :D
Jul. 21st, 2014 04:11 am (UTC)
Happy destroy all Silents on sight Moon Landing day indeed! :D

Oh, lord, I forgot (pause while everyone side-eyes me) about that! Heh.

Said toddler was remarkably self-possessed, which I put down to having very good parents.
Jul. 21st, 2014 03:03 am (UTC)
I was hesitating to call because I didn't want to bother you if you were resting. As the fannish friend, all I can say is MY FANDOM ROCKS. One of my friends from another corner of the internet, alt.poly, said too that she now has people literally all over the world who would do the same for her or hers. Isn't this a wonder, and wonderful too!

Thank you again, you dear, lovely woman! Dad, Mom and Toddler should be home any time and then I can go to bed. I love you!

Also, Moon Landing Day is my most favorite day. I should have known that, though fraught, all would be well. Give BB a big smushy hug from me!

Edited at 2014-07-21 03:05 am (UTC)
Jul. 21st, 2014 04:13 am (UTC)
Give BB a big smushy hug from me!

Will do!

And fandom is truly, for all it can be wankfest central and full of weirdities, a very good thing. I have had people do wonderful things for me, and it is right and good to pay it forward. Love you too, my dear, and glad to hear that the family is almost home.
Jul. 21st, 2014 06:04 am (UTC)
You are the bestest ever!! Ohhh, lovie. Bless you a thousand times. Thank goodness for people like you and BB in the world!

Love Eve's response...and I second it, lol!!

Jul. 21st, 2014 02:39 pm (UTC)
I think everyone I know, most especially starting with you, would have done exactly the same, and I'm glad to know that. Thanks for the kind words and the hugs!
Jul. 21st, 2014 06:17 am (UTC)
That's really lovely to you! ♥ Good that everyone managed to get home safe in the end—and the kid sounds really adorable :) In those days of bratty, poorly-raised children, it's always so heart-lifting, haha.
Jul. 21st, 2014 02:41 pm (UTC)
In those days of bratty, poorly-raised children, it's always so heart-lifting.

I may be biased, but because her family is very fannish, I like to attribute a lot of her poise and cheerfulness to that.
Jul. 21st, 2014 03:04 pm (UTC)
Fannish families do seem to work out well, though I don't know any in real life so I only have a faraway impression from my LJ friends ;) Fannish often means passionate, dedicated and creative; I guess whose are very good qualities to pass on to a family. :) Those are the good parts of fandom, mind!
Jul. 21st, 2014 12:48 pm (UTC)
Aw, that was a lovely thing to do! (But then, I'm not surprised)>

Jul. 21st, 2014 02:43 pm (UTC)
I think anyone would have done exactly the same, really; people are often a lot nicer than they think they could be - which is a hopeful sign for the world, I like to think!
Jul. 24th, 2014 06:23 am (UTC)
That was a gorgeous thing to do. Having been stranded while travelling myself I can only imagine how much more awful/terrifying it would be with a toddler in tow. Really side-eyeing Megabus for leaving them in that situation.
Jul. 24th, 2014 02:10 pm (UTC)
Having been stranded while travelling myself I can only imagine how much more awful/terrifying it would be with a toddler in tow.

By the time I got there, I think she'd passed that point, and was simply too tired to panic any more. Given that the Dunkin Donut she'd sheltered in was on the point of closing, I'm really glad I got there when I did.
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