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Oklahoma travelers change plans as flights get grounded

BY DARLA SLIPKE Published: December 25, 2009

/> Dennis pointed to the snow swirling outside and said it would be close to 80 degrees at home. He would be out on the waves in surf shorts if he was there, he said.

Stephen McClain, 18, and Rosalie Shapard, 68, made the best of the situation.

They met each other after their flights to Washington, D.C., and Denver were canceled.

They spent the morning talking to each other, praying for travelers and watching the storm outside.

McClain was going to visit his dad for the holidays before moving to Baltimore for school. He was rescheduled on another flight this morning.

"As long as I get there safe, it’s fine,” McClain said. "I’d rather be safe in the airport than up in the air risking it.”

Shapard was going to visit her family, including two 6-week-old grandchildren. Shapard said she was disappointed that her travels were delayed, but she was trying to enjoy the experience of being stranded at the airport.

Shapard was booked onto another flight Christmas morning.

Santa walked by and handed Shapard and McClain a candy cane. McClain gave his to Shapard so she would have one for each of her older grandchildren, ages 6 and 8.

"Life does happen, and there’s always blessings,” she said.

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