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  1. Monica & Marlyn
    May 30, 2023 @ 11:38 am

    What a tale! It’s a breath-taking story (from the safety of our home). From the headline, I was afraid you didn’t get to Normandy at all. Carson is getting great travel lessons from his mom and from the older generation, too.


  2. Cindi
    May 30, 2023 @ 12:14 pm

    What a day! I am certain that at some point in the future you will all be able to laugh about this. If you had set out to write a story about the most impossible day ever, you might not have imagined all the road blocks. The pictures of Normandy were however moving and much appreciated.


  3. Sharon Tyson
    May 30, 2023 @ 12:34 pm

    We will never forget our visit to Normandy, truly was one of the most awe inspiring, sobering and humbling experiences of my life. I felt my Dad’s presence and knew he was right there with me. Oh, the sacrifices those guys made to free the world!!!
    Glad that you were able to share it with Natalie and Carson, am sure it was a “memorable” trip in so many ways!!!!


  4. Judy McPeak
    May 30, 2023 @ 1:06 pm

    Oh my! Murphy’s law on steroids! I am in awe of your perseverance under extremely challenging conditions from first to last! A little bit of your own D-Day to remember with laughter as time distances you from the frustration of it all.

    Thank you for taking the time after your very long and trying day to share Normandy with us all!


  5. Pat
    May 30, 2023 @ 2:03 pm

    Great storytelling!


  6. Ann Rivard
    May 30, 2023 @ 3:22 pm

    My Goodness, what an adventure. And what a wonderful trip for Carson especially. I would love to have been there as well.

    Thank you for sharing all of this with us.


  7. Ellyn
    May 30, 2023 @ 3:36 pm

    When I was in high school, I lived with a French family in Reims. They took me to several of the WW11 sites… Interestingly no Americans there any of those days! we went on several French language tours ( of course in French!)… When the people heard I was American, ( albeit 16-17 at the time ) they practically fell over themselves trying to shake my hand and say thank you, thank you. ( in English, though I obviously spoke French ). I was in tears that day, if the cemeteries didnt do it, all those people thanking and saying that my country saved France reduced me to a blob. I lived in France for a long time, went to school there, and that was the only time the French went beyond words to thank me as an American. My country liberated France…that was the word..


  8. Peggy
    May 30, 2023 @ 5:31 pm

    What an eventful trip! When one thing goes wrong it’s like a waterfall. But what an amazing day to get to visit. Memorial Day must have made it all feel so immediate.


  9. Judy Gattis
    May 30, 2023 @ 7:09 pm

    I truly empathize with you, but oh, I was in tears at times from laughter. That’s for sure a “Now we can laugh about it” experience. You provide such fodder for another book! Thank goodness, you had a beautiful day in spite of the wind. What an education for Carson! Charles said, “They should have listened to Linda!” You need a full recovery day, but am sure you can’t slow down with family. We leave tomorrow for our trip to Mexico with Cullen. I dread the heat!


    • lspalla
      May 30, 2023 @ 9:07 pm

      Have a wonderful trip!!


  10. Thad Mauldin
    May 31, 2023 @ 5:14 pm

    Sorry your travels had so many travails!!
    The cemeteries in Normandy were the most inspiring and sobering things I have ever seen.


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