Several months ago, on my last trip to Haiti, I was reminded to focus on the moment and savor the simple things in life without looking too far ahead of myself…to simply look for gate 25.
And now today, I am back at Gate 25! Such a great reminder! I made the first jaunt of my journey to Miami, grabbed a coffee and a yogurt parfait, practiced my minimal Creole with a darling elderly Haitian woman seated next to me, boarded the plane and then we sat….for quite awhile. Eventually the Captain came on to inform us that engine #2 would not start. Hmmmm. So we sat awhile longer as they summoned mechanics to survey the situation…and then we deplaned…back to Gate 25.
So, here I am, texting and blogging and so very thankful for the luxuries of 3G service and iPads and iPhones and music on my iPod…as I wait to travel to a country where there are countless families without homes…without free education…with intermittent electricity…and weekly income that is probs less than what I just spent at Starbucks. Something about all of this makes me a bit crazy.
So I will sit here at Gate 25 (I still find it quite amusing that it is the same gate!) and savor the blessings in my life and the opportunity I have to enjoy the pace and joy of my Haitian friends.