Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Conversations On An Airplane

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?

8 comments:

  1. Sara, as I read this I thought about our flight and conversation. I just want you to know that you were a blessing to me and I am grateful to have met you. Each day as I see the news and see how other families are losing their loved ones (especially their children) I can only pray that someone will be encouraged by your blog. I put another picture of my son out this week. Even though the pain never goes away I am blessed to have had him. Keep hugging your boys ! Also know that holding my first grandchild was the greatest honor for me at this time in my life. Stay blessed Sara !!!!

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  2. Coming home from my first- second?- Blissdom Paula & I met an amazing girl. Her flight had been canceled and she sat near Paula & I in the waiting area as she had been put on our flight. As fate would have it, she was seated between Paula & I on the flight. Hearing her story, her struggles, her dysfunctional family, her faith in God... It was moving and mind blowing. Amazingly we kept in touch during the years and last spring I took my family to Arkansas to celebrate her graduation from Law School.
    People are put into your path for a reason. Your job is not to over-look them and learn what you are meant to.

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  3. Sara, I am also so fortunate to have met you and Robyn at Blissdom. I am so grateful to have new friends like you two! Like Jody said above, people are put into your path for a reason! I will try not to overlook you and I can honestly say I have already learned from you and will certainly learn more!

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  4. So glad you posted this! I got stuck at the airport an extra 2 hours and as I kept moving around the gate area I noticed an older woman sitting there. She ended up sitting next to me. I was in the just wanting to get home zone and hadn't really struck up a conversation with anyone when a little girl came running up to show us something. That got us both talking and wow, was I glad. She was this unassuming, 60ish woman. She asked me what I was doing in Nashville and I told her, stupidly thinking she wouldn't even know what I was talking about, that I was there for a women's blogging conference. She started telling me what she does and I was blown away. She creates apps for smart phones and the iPad. She works with autistic children using those apps. We talked for two hours and it was one of the most inspiring conversations I have ever had!

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  5. I am a talker (once you get to know me) but in public places, surrounded by strangers, I tend to be silent. Thanks for the encouragement to embrace those opportunities to touch the lives of those around me.

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  6. Thanks for the encouragement. I guess it's OK to be a talker- God blessed me with the gift to gab!

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  7. What a fantastic story. We all are so happy that you have the gift of gab, because you seem to be such a light to all that you meet! I still refer back to the many things I learned from you during your session at BloggyCon and I have to admit, I was so grateful that I was able to sit next to you in a class the next day. I'm not a big talker, but something told me that you had much more to teach me before we left that conference. That talk we had after class, for about an hour or so, really lit a fire under me. I've followed your advice about blogging, twitter and social networking and it has really paid off. Thanks for being you, Sara!

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  8. Amiyrah- Thanks for the kind words. I can't wait to re-connect at Type A!

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