Change of plans:
Tomorrow, I fly to SC. And on Friday when I was originally supposed to come back to New York and fly to Africa, I am going to stay in SC and not fly to Africa. I am going to stay at my dad's for a while and then when it feels right for all concerned, I'll come back to NY.
I don't regret missing my trip to Africa or the money I will have lost. I do regret letting my friends down and that once again, the four of us will have planned a trip and not all made it. However, my step mother needs help taking care of my dad and I think I need more than the twelve hour visit I had alloted to say goodbye to him.
So that's the change of plan.