His mother would not fly to meet her grandsons when they were born and he could not afford to fly to her. When they were four and three he tried to drive them to her. The engine exploded in Fond Du Lac. They spent three days at the Motel 6 pool waiting for repairs and then came home. When they were five and four he tried again. The engine died in Fond Du Lac. Motel 6, repairs, home. He took it as a sign. She could come to them, but nothing good could come of delivering his boys to her.