More Then Ever

  I can't stand to fly anywhere. I just took a trip. It was the first time I had been on a plane in about 20 years. I was flying alone and actually scared to be going across the country to a new place for the first time. I was lucky enough to be sitting next to a young Solider in the Military,  (hopefully he was going home.) We didn't exchange any personal information or anything like that, but he could tell I wasn't enjoying being on the flight. He was great. every so often he would just look at me and say things to me like " It's OK, you'll be fine. It's just turbulence." I never said thank to him.  I wish I would have. Having him there talking to me so calmly was comforting. he made me feel better. I know he thought nothing of it.  He could have easily looked the other way, or closed his eyes. but he didn't. Every time I looked over at him he would quietly reassure me things were fine. If I have to take another long flight alone I hope I am lucky enough to sit next to someone like him.

A little friendliness goes a long way:)   

All4mmm All4mmm
46-50, F
2 Responses Nov 15, 2009

That is sweet of you. I thought I was going to end up in the poor guys lap a few times. lol<br />
even though I am not elderly, there were times when I had to control myself not to grab his hand. I don't think he would've cared if I did. I bet the people who have sat next really appreciated it too :)

Oh well I traveled so much wish it could have happened :D

A kind word or action goes way farther then we plan sometimes. I'm glad he was there to give a little support. I love to fly but only have a handful of times. It seems that just about flight, I was seated by someone who really didn't like it at all. I've even traded seats a couple of times so they didn't have to see out the window. One elderly lady would grab my hand if the plane so much as shuddered. I never minded at all, in fact, I'm glad I was able to calm them, even if it was just a little...