I had just enjoyed a very heavily planned, activity jammed, four day vacation in Hawaii with my mom and her friends, and was exhausted. We had to catch a flight from Hawaii to Chicago, from Chicago to Dallas, and from there to Little Rock, and I hated flying. I’m usually in a good mood, but at that point I just wanted to get home. I was determined that I wouldn‘t talk to the person who sat next to me and I wouldn’t be very friendly. Finally a lady sat down next to me that I didn’t pay much attention to except to say hello. Before I knew it we were talking non-stop, but I still wasn’t going to ask her if she was on Facebook or get her e-mail address or anything. Finally, she tears out a little piece of paper from her purse and scribbles something on it and hands it to me. She says; “Here. I think I can trust you. You seem like a nice person. This is my e-mail address. I’ll be back home in Minnesota in a few days. Let me know how you are and e-mail me some photos of your trip.”
I did just that and we’ve been talking since. We’ve shared heartaches and been there to talk to each other when we couldn’t talk to family about things. I wrote her this poem and I do believe that God does put people in our lives that we need or that maybe they need us, and I feel blessed to have met her. You never know what God has planned for your life.
On a plane home from Maui, Headed to Dallas,
I swore I’d never fly the friendly skies again.
When I took my seat on the last plane for home,
I never expected to meet such a good friend.
Sharon from the North and myself from the South
Had more in common that each of us knew.
We exchanged e-mails and kept right on talking,
Enjoying the company the further we flew.
In what seemed like a short flight
Our plane quickly landed,
Our stewardess barking rules to obey.
We had a laugh as I re-buckled my seatbelt
And promised to write in a couple of days.
That was six months ago and for almost every day since
I’ve looked forward to reading an e-mail each night.
God puts people in each others paths for a reason
And I know we were supposed to meet that day on that flight.