OK~ Have you ever really thought of who the person is that is sitting next to you on an airplane? I know that I like to talk, and sometimes I talk too much. While on a recent flight I had made up my mind that I was going to stay quiet the entire flight. Well, due to the fact that I was sitting next to a really nice lady, it just didn't happen.
Our conversation began with the two of us chatting about teens and young adults, imagine that? Since I am a Mom to boys that are 16 and 21, we had a lot to chat about. I was on my way home and she was venturing to her daughter's home. She was going to meet her infant granddaughter for the very first time. Her kids were a little older than mine, but we still had a lot to share.
As our conversation grew, we both shared some of the greatest challenges in our lives. She shared with me that her son would have been such and such an age the day before. I was taken back. The key words here, "would have been." Her son was 14 (if I'm recalling correctly) and killed by someone while walking home from school. A man had decided to steal a motorcycle, travel at a high rate of speed through a school zone, and kill her son. A freak accident like that is something that I've heard about in the news, but I had never met anyone that had lost a loved one this way. I listened and was so amazed at the strength that this Mom had. She was a Christian Mom, a caring Grandmother, and a Mom that no longer had her son in her life. She shared that she knew she would be reunited with him, but each day is hard.
I was glad she shared her story, as it made me realize how thankful I am to have both of my boys in my life. This lady was an inspiration to me! She is living every Mom's nightmare, each day of her life. But, all because of her faith in God, she is able to get up each morning and conquer a new day.
Who knew that a conversation like this could happen on an airplane? I was truly blessed to have met Zoraida. And let me tell you this, that two hour flight was one of the quickest two hour flights I have ever been on. The lessons learned from this experience: Listen, Be a Friend, Hug Your Kids, and Have Faith! After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?