A Thanksgiving-ish Story

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Three women, strangers, seats 23D (aisle), 23E (center), 23F (window).
One soybean farmer, one blogger, one psychotherapist.
Flight delayed by weather at destination.
10,000 feet above ground, swiftly nearing landing.

23D and E heading for home.
23F preparing for romantic rendezvous with second husband.
Twenty years married, only one previous holiday sans kids—hers/his.
He’d joined his kids for one lap of their year sailing ‘round the world.

I have to pass through Portugal on my way home, he’d said.
Why don’t you meet me there? She was thrilled.
Meet in Lisbon, tour the countryside.

But…

Time was 7:40 PM. Connecting flight gates to close at 8:15.
Why don’t we change seats now? suggested 23D.
The change was made. Traveler-in-motion now seated on the aisle. Precious minutes saved.
Maybe tell the flight staff to call ahead? offered 23E.
The call was made. Anxiety easing.

I can’t find my boarding pass, lamented the traveler-in-motion.
Here it is, her companion said, picking it up from the floor.
A spontaneous warm hug from the traveler-in-motion.

Shared moments, caring among strangers. Empathy in action.
A week before Thanksgiving, but appropriate for the season.
Any season…

Annie

 

22 thoughts on “A Thanksgiving-ish Story

  1. Kindness rules, I used to tell my students. How I wish it were true! Thank you for a lovely story that confirms it sometimes does 🙂 I was feeling low, and you lifted me up. Which makes me think: Kindness also ripples.

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    1. Thank you, Fandango. I’m quite sure she made the flight because it was the same airline and the flight attendant called ahead to ask the pilots to wait for her. Nice that you were concerned: I think what a previous commenter said is true: kindness has a rippling effect!

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  2. This is very sweet. The kindness of strangers, it’s always a lovely surprise when someone can help you out in some way like that, as it doesn’t always happen. Kindness doesn’t cost a thing, so a little more really would make the world a brighter place  ♥
    Caz xx

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