Spencer had the flight information and led the way. After a few steps, they realized it was awkward to walk in a horizontal line, so Spencer stopped in front of Sarah and asked, “Is it okay with you if I hold you?”
“Sure, Mr. Daddy.” She answered as if it was a given and a silly question. She leaned her head on his shoulder as soon as she’d been picked up. Kate smiled and took Spencer’s remaining hand. Silently, Kate worried Sarah would call Spencer Mr. Daddy in front of John’s mom, but what could she do if she did?
Spencer squeezed Kate’s hand before giving her fingers a quick kiss. They walked through crowds of people coming and going and found an electronic arrival/departure board to see if Mrs. Kern would be on time.
“She should be here. Let’s walk to the luggage pick up area.” Spencer turned to the escalator and they rode down to the basement. They spotted Mrs. Kern with a navy medium-size suitcase on wheels and a matching carry on. She must have been standing next to her daughter-in-law who had two bags in a bright berry color.
“Hi, Mrs. Kern. How are you?” Spencer asked.
“I’m fine, thank you, Spencer. It’s good to see you again.” They hugged briefly before Mrs. Kern turned to Kate, “How are you doing, dear?”
Kate relaxed at her friendly words. “I’m doing all right. How are you, Mrs. Kern?”
“Holding on, holding on. But you can both call me Lauren. This is my daughter-in-law, Judy.”
“Nice to meet you,” Kate held out her hand.
“Likewise,” Judy replied. Judy was fairly tall with mixed brown and blond hair. She must be one of John’s brother’s wives, but Kate never knew which one. For some reason John didn’t talk about his family much. Judy’s suit made her look like an executive on a business trip.
“And this must be Sarah,” Mrs. Kern said, smiling. She bent down a little and said, “I’m your grandma, sweetheart. How are you?”
Sarah gave her a wide grin. “I okay, too.”
Lauren gave her a big grin. “I’m glad to hear it.”
Spencer and Judy shook hands. “Do you both have everything?” Spencer asked.
“Yes, we’re all set. Thank you for picking us up,” Judy said. Her large hoop earrings swayed as she spoke.
“Oh, sure. Happy to do it.” They headed for the car and Kate asked about the flight.
“A little turbulence, but otherwise it was good.” Judy seemed nice and Kate was glad Mrs. Kern didn’t have to travel alone. Kate and Spencer led them through the St. Louis airport and on out to the parking garage.
Kate let Sarah converse with her grandma while she chatted with Judy during the ride home. Kate learned that Judy was married to John’s older brother and that he was currently on a military trip, so Judy had free time on her hands. They didn’t have any children. Later after dropping off Lauren and Judy at John’s and helping them with their bags, Spencer dropped off Kate and Sarah at her place. He walked them to her door and gave her a kiss. “I’ll see you later.”
“Thanks for picking them up,” she gave him a hug. “It helped a lot.”
“You’re welcome.” He gave Sarah a quick peck on the cheek. He had to go home and get ready for work. Kate had taken a late lunch and planned to stay home with Sarah for the rest of the day.
“We’ll see your grandma again later, for supper. She and Judy are coming here to eat with us.”
“For roni and cheese?”
“Not this time. I think we’ll have chicken and rice. Do you like that?”
“I dunno. I like chicken.” Sarah sat in the entryway and removed her shoes.
“Then you’ll probably like this. It’s time for your nap.”
“I no take nap.” Sarah flopped over on the floor.
Kate tried not to smile at her theatrics. “Sorry, but you have to. Pick out a book to read first.” Kate hung up Sarah’s diaper bag in the coat closet and released Buttons from his kennel which delighted him immensely.
Sarah liked the idea of reading a book first and immediately ran to the living room to pick one out. Kate was glad she didn’t fight too much. She was pretty easy going, but once in a while she dug in. So far Kate had been able to diffuse the situation each time. But one of these days Kate was sure she would put up a bigger fuss.
Until next time,