It has been awhile since I winged my way deep in the heart of a planeload full of families to a summer vacation destination. And, I admit to being a little envious of those folks in the frequent-flyer section who practice the art of indifference while the rest of us schlep past on our way to the double-digit rows. With the right attitude, however, there is a lot to be gained from tossing oneself into the great economy-class salad bowl of life.
Perhaps it is the magic of a long-anticipated holiday, or perhaps it is a paradox of unease and eagerness about venturing into the unknown, but travelers are generally a chatty group. They feel expansive. They want to share.
And when people share, every connection, every conversation is like stepping through the looking glass into another world, only the wonder of it is that when you get to the other side it feels remarkably familiar. [Read more...]