Hoping that holiday travel plans will hold

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This article was published 20/12/2021 (413 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

If the past two years has taught me anything, it is to be grateful for the little things in life and to not take anything for granted.
In pre-pandemic times, there were a lot more givens in my life, from the mundane — such as knowing there would be toilet paper at the store whenever I needed it — to the more important, such as being able to count down the days until my brother and his family from the United States get off the plane at the airport for their annual Christmas visit. They did not come up last year, so we opened gifts over FaceTime. While it was nice to see them, it was sad that we couldn’t be together.
While they have their tickets booked to come up this Christmas, their actual arrival is far from guaranteed. First there were worries that because my sister-in-law visited her family in Turkey and returned to the United States less than two weeks before they come here that there could be restrictions on her travel. So far so good, but she hasn’t got on a plane yet and multiple experiences with ticket agents and border guards leave us tense until we learn they have made it past.
Then comes making sure they have proof of their vaccinations and confirming that the proof they have will be sufficient at both the airport and customs. It was during this process that my brother learned the person who gave my nephew his first shot never entered the information in the state data base, so he had to go back to the lab and get them to change it.
There are also worries about changing government restrictions to contend with. In preparation for their flights back to the United States, my family had to book tests within so many hours of their departure time. As they are leaving Jan. 2, that initially meant needing to get one New Year’s Eve but then the United States said they need proof of a negative test within 24 hours so they had to find a place open on New Year’s Day, which they did.
So, as arrival day approaches, we are cautiously hopeful our family will all be together soon. It’s been two years, and since the last time several relatives have died, the health of others has declined and everyone is two years older. Milestones and even births have been missed. We hope it all comes together because the last two years have reinforced that more time together is not guaranteed.
Tony Zerucha is a community correspondent for East Kildonan. Email him at tzerucha@gmail.com

If the past two years has taught me anything, it is to be grateful for the little things in life and to not take anything for granted.

In pre-pandemic times, there were a lot more givens in my life, from the mundane — such as knowing there would be toilet paper at the store whenever I needed it — to the more important, such as being able to count down the days until my brother and his family from the United States get off the plane at the airport for their annual Christmas visit. They did not come up last year, so we opened gifts over FaceTime. While it was nice to see them, it was sad that we couldn’t be together.

Dreamstime.com With his brother’s family scheduled to visit at Christmas, correspondent Tony Zerucha hopes they will still be able to get into Canada.

While they have their tickets booked to come up this Christmas, their actual arrival is far from guaranteed. First there were worries that because my sister-in-law visited her family in Turkey and returned to the United States less than two weeks before they come here that there could be restrictions on her travel. So far so good, but she hasn’t got on a plane yet and multiple experiences with ticket agents and border guards leave us tense until we learn they have made it past.

Then comes making sure they have proof of their vaccinations and confirming that the proof they have will be sufficient at both the airport and customs. It was during this process that my brother learned the person who gave my nephew his first shot never entered the information in the state data base, so he had to go back to the lab and get them to change it.

There are also worries about changing government restrictions to contend with. In preparation for their flights back to the United States, my family had to book tests within so many hours of their departure time. As they are leaving Jan. 2, that initially meant needing to get one New Year’s Eve but then the United States said they need proof of a negative test within 24 hours so they had to find a place open on New Year’s Day, which they did.

So, as arrival day approaches, we are cautiously hopeful our family will all be together soon. It’s been two years, and since the last time several relatives have died, the health of others has declined and everyone is two years older. Milestones and even births have been missed. We hope it all comes together because the last two years have reinforced that more time together is not guaranteed.

Tony Zerucha is a community correspondent for East Kildonan. Email him at tzerucha@gmail.com

Tony Zerucha

Tony Zerucha
East Kildonan community correspondent

Tony Zerucha is a community correspondent for East Kildonan. Email him at tzerucha@gmail.com

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