Today was a travel day — a first involving a plane for some time. (Above, Cincinnati at sunrise.)
Filled with caution and excitement, I moved through airports with elevated awareness. I’d heard horror stories about experiences with unruly passengers, but what I experienced was the opposite.
I noticed gratitude — my own and that of others. ‘Thank you’s’ hit a little harder and were received with appreciation.
And though I’ve flown out of Cincinnati and into Seattle and San Francisco before, the views of each city from the window seat filled me with so much delight.
This glow is tempered however. I’m still worried about variants and unvaccinated folks.
But for this moment, I cling to a shred of optimism that someday before too long? It’s going to be okay — and we forge ahead with a deeper understanding of what we’ve lost and what we may gain.