Eleanor's experience taking Reggie to visit her trailer-trash family in Oneida, upstate New York is so alienating to both of them that they can't stay with her mother and second husband (the brother of her dying father) so they go to stay in a motel. The following morning after visiting her father in the hospital, Eleanor and Reggie leave, and she vows never to return. Now back in NYC, Eleanor decides that she needs to return home, so she finds a replacement au pair girl, even though she promised Reggie's mother that Eleanor would stay until she returned from China. So Eleanor and Reggie say a tearful, heartfelt goodbye and Eleanor takes the bus back to Oneida, where she finds a UPS/FedEx package on the front stoop of her mother's home, a box containing a new cornet, a gift from Reggie.
Long story short, the last ten minutes of the film make no sense.