Dianne Williams and Christine Haven
I met Dianne's flight at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in
Houston and was anxious to see her but had some jitters as to whether I could
recognize her after 37 years. Of course I recognized her instantly and we
hugged and cried to actually be seeing each other again. Since our time
was going to be so short I wanted to show her as much of Houston as possible so
we headed straight to the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, suitcases still in
my truck. The Rodeo in Houston is an annual event and it headlines major
entertainers every night for three weeks straight in March. There was a
lot to see and do there, not to mention all our talking and reminiscing!
The next morning, March 1, we drove to Lufkin, Texas to see my sons and
grandchildren who live there. They loved Dianne (and thought she acted a
lot like their 'mom')! Lufkin, Texas is 105 miles north of Houston.
Lufkin is also the East Texas town that headquartered NASA and the FBI (and all
the media who took up all hotel rooms), when the Space Shuttle Columbia
disintegrated over that area just a few weeks prior to Dianne's visit. Late that
night, we drove back to Houston and were so exhausted, but still talking.
You know you're exhausted when it's 4:00 AM and while waiting at a red light,
you jerk and jump sky-high when a bright green flash lights up your
windshield. Well, we laughed the rest of the five miles home when we
realized it was the light turning green.
The third day, Sunday, March 2, after about 3 hours sleep, we headed out to
NASA. It's about 20 minutes south of downtown Houston. We took the
tour, thanks for buying the tickets Dianne. That's where we took the above
picture and there's more pictures below.
When we reached the airport for Dianne's return flight home, we sat and talked
some more, but the visit was over much too soon. We hugged each other
goodbye, promised to see each other again, then kept waving "bye" to
each other as she checked through the security gate.
I later learned that Dianne spent the next few hours in the
passengers-only area because we had talked too long before she went
through Security that after she walked the 'country-mile' to her gate number,
she had missed her plane. It was a great mini-reunion!!!
and Dianne at son, Jesse's, house in Lufkin, Texas
Christine and Dianne - Jesse's house.
Dianne sitting at Christine's computer work station.
Dianne at computer work station
Dianne at NASA - Astronaut Suit
Dianne pointing at the Columbia Crew on the Board of Official Photos of the