Day One: Introduction

For those of you who want the blow-by-blow!

Travel went surprisingly well. I didn’t yell at my mother and Charlie handled air travel surprisingly well. It was a long, tiring day, but we landed in Vermont late last night and got up bright and early this morning for our drive to Montreal.

Driving to Montreal was quite easy although I say that with the perspective of someone who sat in the backseat trying to read Twilight while my parents navigated. Still, we got there and with time to spare.

In the parking lot we immediately met Daniel‘s parents, Melanie and Lonnie. I recognized Daniel from his picture and he is just as cute in person as he is on the ‘net. He’s got the best smile and he flashes it often. You know what’s funny? I could have picked Daniel out of a lineup, but Melanie was a complete surprise. I know there are mom pics up now and then, but we really do just post mostly pictures of our kids. Melanie wears makeup and everything. I’d be sticking my mug up here all the time if I actually had makeup on. Most of the time, though, I’m covered with drool and paint. Not the most appetizing combination.

Anyway, we went on up and they called roll. I recognized some names from the blogosphere, but there were many other parents who are aren’t attached to their computers at the hip. I wonder how the heck they find out about ABR? I think that on some level we were probably all checking out each other’s children: hoping that ours doesn’t look any worse off or something. Or maybe that’s just me.

The presentation lasted a good three hours. Some of it was review. The central focus seemed to be this: please do not think that your child is going to be walking and talking in six months. They used the phrase, “this is not a miracle” about 100 times. They showed us in distinct detail how our children’s bodies have been affected by their brain injury. Tomorrow we begin training and in the late afternoon we will be getting evaluated by Gavin Broomes who is permanently in the North American office. The next day we have more training and in the evening we get evaluated by Leonid Blyum, the creator of ABR. Supposedly, an evaluation with him is out of this world–there is just so much that he can see after working with brain injured kids for so long. I can’t wait for that!

On the way to our Montreal hotel we stopped and ate dinner at a restaurant called, “Madison’s, New York restaurant and bar.” We ate some expensive hamburgers and our waitress laughed at us pretty much the whole time. A request for iced tea made her laugh and it took her quite a while to procure some. Do people not drink that other places? She also brought us ketchup in tiny, unopened bottles. Is ketchup not a regular condiment for Canadians? It’s pretty funny that a place that called it self a New York restaurant had trouble getting us ketchup and iced tea.

So that’s it. We’re all tired, but good, and now I’m going to go give Charlie something to eat.

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  1. They give you sugar packets with that iced tea? Because that pretty much happens to me every time I go somewhere else. Even in Kentucky–which is supposedly southern.

  2. So glad you are giving blow by blow. The Arkansas crew likes to know everything. Give love to Charlie for us!

  3. Anonymous says:

    As a Canadian even I’m shocked that they didn’t have iced tea or ketchup!!!

    Personally, Montreal is the least favourite Canadian city i’ve ever travelled to, I guess that just adds to it!

  4. Hi Katy,

    I’m in ABR too at Montreal, I hope I see you this week. I think we have talked before online, but I’m not too sure, I may be getting you mixed up with someone else I have talked too. Did you ever work in missionary trips in Goshen or South Bend? Maybe not, but if so that’s where I’m from. My son has a blog on Care Page Name: Tyse. Maybe you have looked at it before…maybe not. I’m glad to see you are reading Twilight as I have brought it to for this trip. I haven’t started reading it yet because I have been so busy. Good luck with everything this week and I hope I get a chance to meet you and your family.

  5. What a journey, sounds exhausting but exciting!

    No ice tea or ketchup??!! I better not go to Canada, my hubby would be lost =P

  6. Sounds like a good start of the trip!

    LOL about the tea!!

  7. Small Town Girl says:

    Well, we have iced tea up here in Minnesota….which is practically Canada you know. 😉

    I’m glad you made it safe and sound. I can’t wait to hear more about it!

  8. Ice tea? I hadn’t heard of it until I went into the States. I personally love ice tea but only southern ice tea. I have gotten used to northern ice tea but I like my ice tea to come with sugar already in it!

    But ketchup is common and it is often served in little miniature glass ketchup bottles that I think are re-used. You are often served ketchup in what appears to be completely new bottles all the time but I am sure they are not new.

  9. blairspage says:

    I’m so glad that your trip went well and everything seems to be going well!

    How long will you be there?

    Big Hugs – Tiffany

  10. You need to come to Calgary, ALberta. We have regular iced tea and actual ketchup bottles lol.

    I hope your trip goes well and ABR helps Charlie out.


  11. Prayers answered! (at least the first third)

    Thanks so much, Bird. Can’t wait to read more.

  12. Hope everything is going well. I thought ice tea and ketchup were pretty standard stuff. I guess not so much.

  13. I’m so excited for you! I can’t wait to hear what you think about it.