Abigail and Aunt Christie
My cousin Christie told her parents she was flying to Anchorage this past weekend, but she didn't tell them that the trip to the city was only the first stop on her journey to Michigan. Christie teaches third to fifth grade students in a small Alaskan village accessible only by plane. Christie decided a quick visit to the lower forty-eight was the treatment for homesickness.
She timed her visit to coincide with our family's annual reunion this past Sunday. This year Johnny and Bonnie from Oklahoma couldn't claim the distinction of having traveled the farthest.
Christie's is home only for a few days. Then she will again board a plane and begin the nearly three thousand mile journey back to her students, much to the dismay of the teacher who bet twenty bucks she wouldn't come back.