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Sunday, 03 February 2008

The Kindness of Strangers

Waiting for luggage that would never come
When my son was 14 months old, he and I took the following trip: Greece -> Germany -> Washington DC (stay overnight) -> Arizona (stay 5 days) -> New Mexico (fly and then drive 4 hours; stay 2 days) -> Arizona (stay 2 days) - Washington DC (stay overnight) -> Germany -> Greece.

I don't know what I was thinking.  But I'd like to apologize to everyone in coach on the DC -> Germany leg, when the poor child Had Had ENOUGH.

I'd also like to apologize to the nice serviceman on the flight out of Frankfurt, who got a toy thrown at him for no crime greater than not sharing his food.

And I really want to thank the lovely Indian woman and her two daughters who, despite not sharing a language with me, took my son for a couple hours on the bad flight and got him to stop crying, then to giggle, and finally to sleep.  I don't know you, but I love you.  I was in no better shape than he was, and had no tricks left.

I also want to thank the Greek grandparents who passed him from lap to lap on the flight back to Greece, spoiling him and giving me time to eat something.

And all the fellow travelers who made funny faces at him, helped put his blanket back on when he slept, didn't kill me when he shot a hand out to grab a fistful of hair waving tantalizingly over the back of the seat, and smiled rather than glared as he and I walked miles of the same airplane aisle.  And the lost luggage people in two different airports, who treated me kindly and found my checked luggage quickly, even though I'm sure their day hadn't been good.

Waiting for luggage that would never come

I never wanted to be one of "those people," and because of the kindness of strangers, I wasn't.

Posted in Americas : Europe : Infant by Raq W. at 10:09 PMPermalink

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