Since we are going to Rome, the city where the Holy See is resident, I figured there would be pilgrims because a former Pope is being beatified next month. I didn’t realize that the choir of the Bridgeport Diocese would be going – 23 people strong. All are glowing in the reflective glory of the Lord. “Padre” said “Amen, Brother” twice and we haven’t taken off yet.
We had to wait until the entire group arrived which held up our departure time. So now we are over an hour delayed. And they seem oblivious to that, or unconcerned about the inconvenience.
They are quite a boisterous group. You can tell them by their matching crosses. Big, scary, pilgrim crosses. Padre likes to talk loud and be the center of attention, so much so that he was quite un-Padre-like when another passenger asked if they all would stop talking loudly across the aisles. They all felt put upon and gave each other annoyed glances. Padre said to the passenger, “we are on vacation,” to which she responded, “so are we. And we have all paid a lot to be on this plane.” I backed her up even though I had an altercation with her earlier.
This group thinks that we all want to watch their interactions and think that their various pithy commentaries are bon mots for all to appreciate.
POB (partner of blogger) is sitting stunned and gobsmacked by the ill manners. Perhaps she is still shell-shocked by the profound underarm hair of the women trip leader. The length suggests a lifetime achievement.
There is an obviously gay man in this choir (trust me on this). They were talking about church classes and he said he has taken 5 courses on blasphemy. In the law business, we call that forum shopping, Is he looking for a (gay) friendly judge who will issue a different ruling on those pesky verses of Leviticus?
Ok, so the passenger who was flipped out by all the hoopla and Christian comraderie, is a first-time flyer. She brought her pillow from home, black-out eye patches, 2 meals from Burger King, fluffy slippers and earplugs. Still, she was unsettled by the din. That’s air travel these days. The turbulence was hell-ish (50 mph winds), but that didn’t bother her. The 2+ hour delay and the jocularity in Christ (they were comparing prayers for wind – I think they should have specified unscary, non-wrath-of-G-d type wind). She whipped out her smartphone while we were waiting on the tarmac, and I said, “you give up the higher moral ground if you don’t obey the rules.” “I know, but I need to tell my family I will be two hours late to arrive at a family event.” “I am sure they’ll check the planes,’ I said, trying to be helpful. “You don’t know my family.” I looked at her, and thought, that is true but based on the hair, the outfit, and the accent, I bet I could get a sense if I watched Snooki et al on The Jersey Shore.
Our son was a trooper on a terrible flight in terrible weather with terrible people. So, was POB who caught his projectile vomiting in her hands and I was a rocker for cleaning everyone up.
We got into a cab and the driver had two phones and was reading from a clipboard as he was driving on the autostrada. When in Rome . . . put on your seatbelt. We tipped him extra for not killing us.
Now we are so exhausted that our son doesn’t even want to stay awake for gelato. We arrive at the hotel and collapse in our beds.
I can’t even read this over to see if it makes sense. We are going to bed. Today, purgatory. Tomorrow, glorious Roma.
But we are, finally, here.