After a very strange and stressful week at work I was finally heading to the airport to go home. When I arrived it was buzzing with activity, mostly sports fans and students on spring break so it was very loud and hectic. I found the most quiet location possible and tried to focus on what would make my flight more pleasant so I decided to think about where I wanted to sit on the plane. This airline does not assign seats which can be a blessing or a curse and with today's crowd I thought I better put all of my energy toward the positive so I could try to relax on my way home. My request was simple - a seat on the aisle with room for my small bag overhead and a pleasant seatmate preferably between rows 5 - 20 on the plane. I know it's silly but it can make all the difference between a easy and comfortable flight and an uncomfortable one.
Boarding the plane it was already more than half full and as I moved back I scoured the rows for my seat. Finally, row 17 on the aisle, with plenty of overhead space - great! As I sat down I realized it was 2 women with a small baby and that may have been why the seat was available. I was thrilled, after becoming a grandmother almost 4 years ago it makes me very happy to be around young children.
It was a young mother with her grandmother and 6 month old daughter. I immediately began to relax and knew this would be a wonderful flight. I chatted briefly with the women and played with the beautiful little girl until she fell asleep in her great-grandmothers arms. Then it occurred to me - that could be me someday! A tidal wave of emotion came over me as I thought about my grandchildren having children of their own and that we might take a trip together just like this lovely family and I could have my own great-grandchild sleeping in my arms. What a beautiful and sentimental journey and one of the best trips I have ever had.