We arrived in Baltimore on Monday, March 22nd. It was a long day. We left our house at 6:30 am and arrived in Baltimore at 5:00 pm. Christopher was self-conscious about wearing the surgical mask in the airport. Many folks were staring at him because he had the mask on to prevent illness and was in a wheelchair. He just cannot walk very far without some type of pain. The coolest part about the trip is that the Southwest crew gave Christopher the opportunity to visit the cockpit and sit in the pilot’s seat. It MADE his day. The crew kept teasing him, asking if he would like to switch places and fly the 737. The pilots had an electronic machine gun to shoot the bad guys (Delta, Continental, American) out of the sky. I never knew they did this before.
After we arrived, we met the Foote and Hay families and celebrated Sandi Foote’s ’21st birthday.’ I noticed as we walked into the restaurant that Tanner and Christopher had the same walk. It’s a very distinctive Perthes walk, more like a penguin. It was also the night before Tanner’s hip surgery. We had a terrific time and are so thankful for our new friends. Christopher and Tanner were instant buddies. They are the same age and have the same interests. Tanner has been battling Perthes for six years. As we left the restaurant, Christopher said, ‘Tanner and I will be friends for life.’ The boys had a great time playing Pokemon and talking.