This week when my United Flight started nearing the Manchester Airport,
the sweet woman across the isle touched my arm
"Are you from here?" she asked me.
"Yes I am. About 15 minutes from the airport actually."
"I thought so" she responded "You've been staring out the window
with the biggest smile for the last 10 minutes or so."
Then the Plane Jumped as We Landed.
Usually I sit in my seat until the majority of the people are off the plane,
but I surprised myself by standing up
& grabbing my bag almost immediately
then straight down the isle
& onto the ramp into the terminal
All the while trying to get my new phone out of "airplane" mode.
Every time I thought I fixed it
My texts would fail to go anywhere
The Entire Time I Stood at the Baggage Carousel
I Kept Working At It
I was Becoming More & More Aggravated
First Bag Comes Around at Me
I Take the Battery Out of the Phone
Second Bag Comes Around
Got the Battery Back In
Turned It On
A Familiar Tone Sounds.
'Are you here?' the text asked
'Yes' I answered back
I Bent Over the Phone Again to Begin Texting,
'I'm Standing at the Baggage Claim,'
For Some Reason
I Looked Up.
A SINGULAR MOMENT
I Saw Him Walking Towards Me
with His Teasingly Sweet Smile
My Heart Skipped a Beat
Like Some Involuntary Human Response
Like Blinking or Breathing,
There was an Actual Fluttering in My Chest
I Could Feel a Wide Smile
Spread Across My Face.
Just Like in our Youth Together
the Entire Room of People Fell Away.
I Threw my Arms Around his Neck
& Wouldn't Let Him Ago Right Away
It Stayed that Way for the Rest of the Evening,
& In One Form or Another
Pretty Much the Rest of the Week.
I Truly Realized
How Amazingly Lucky I Am.
I May Never Have Wealth,
I May Never Have Fame,
I May Not Live an Exceptionally Long Life
I Have Had Love,
Been in Love
I was Gone From Him
Only Seven Days
That it Still Feels Amazing
Even After 26 Years Together,
That There is A Kind Of
"Happily Ever After"
I Have Had Love in My Life
True, Enduring Passionate Love
& Still Do.
I'm Smiling Again..........