Flying and its necessary close contact with strangers is always a mixed bag…Sometimes I look forward to meeting someone new and other times I pull out all the classic “don’t talk to me” flying moves-wearing earplugs, reading a book, never really looking at anyone…
I was in an “open” mood on this trip. (Maybe I was too open since I got strep…) But, on this last trip I was able to have some fun interactions with fellow travelers.
The gal sitting next to me coming home is getting married in 6 weeks and she has done nothing for the wedding. They don’t have any rings. She doesn’t have a dress. And they expect at least 1,500 people at the wedding.
Yes, 1,500 wedding guests!!! Her wedding is in India and her parents are taking care of all of the arrangements for her. She just has to get herself there. And apparently, she needs to get there sooner than later since according to practice, her parents can’t distribute the invitations until she arrives and participates in a special “pre-wedding” ceremony. Her parents will then hand-deliver all of the invitations. I think I understand why they are frustrated that she is taking her time to arrive in India!
Her actual ceremony will take at least 2-3 hours and then the bride and groom personally greet all of the guests that choose to talk to them…She is hoping to stay awake the whole time.
Our other row mate is a Chuck Norris fan. Not too many of those around, huh?!? He was reading Norris’ autobiography and was just hoping that we wanted to hear about the gripping life of this very inspirational fan. I made the mistake of admitting that I had seen “Walker, Texas Ranger”…
When I was able to move him on to the topic of his family, this man lit up, and it was clear that he lived for his 5 kids and many grandkids. He had just spent a couple of weeks with some of them in Florida and was now off to camp with more of them in the High Sierras.
Flying out of NC, I also had the chance to meet a bunch of new Army recruits-lots of nice, young kids. We were all enjoying the rocking chairs in the Charlotte Airport (and we were united by the common need for an electrical outlet.) It was tough to think about them all fighting in Iraq, but they know that is what they signed up to do and they will do it. They all appreciate the order and discipline that the Army has brought to their lives and for at least several of them, they really see this as the opportunity to get out of a cycle of trouble.