So five days before my son and daughter
are supposed to leave for England, my son’s
passport goes missing. We turn the house upside-
down, retrace his steps, pray, but nothing.
Maybe he left it at my daughter’s house.
While my son keeps his eye appointment,
my daughter and I drive seven hours to Phoenix.
No passport, but in the mailbox is a large check
she didn’t expect. So on the drive back,
after Flagstaff, the wind blows the thick red dust
and we feel like we’re on Mars. So nice to
see something different. Then before Kayenta,
the double rainbow appears, brighter and clearer
than we’ve ever seen. The last two hours
we watch a lightning storm as thrilling as fireworks,
without the colors. So our unexpected trip
was a dry run, but full of surprises worth our while.