The Airport Lady
Ned was a twelve-year-old novelist. He spent most of his time reading and writing, was going to fly on a plane to a conference on writing. Ned had about 40 minutes to board his plane, so he went to check with the flight attendant near the entrance to the big tube that would connect to the flying jumbo-monster.
“Hello,” said Ned, “I have my boarding pass, here. Do I give it to you now?” “Keep that with you and we will announce boarding in 32 minutes,” said Wanda, the flight attendant. Ned felt better, he then knew he was in the right place. He left the entrance stand to find a place to sit. Dressed in blue jeans, a tucked-in white t-shirt, and tennis shoes, Ned was dressed casually enough to have a bit of confidence. He was flying alone; his mother was not too worried. Airports to them were like shopping malls.
“Where should I sit?” wondered Ned, then he saw her. The lady he saw was very pretty. She was wearing an orange dress with navy-blue lines – the dress would have been impossible for other women to sport. She was reading a magazine; Ned had to sit by her. Even he did not really know why. “Is this seat taken?” asked Ned. “No sir,” said Ms. Flowers. It seemed as though she was losing interest in her magazine.
“I see I am not the only person waiting to board this plane,” said Ms. Flowers, “Did you find the flight attendant to be somewhat uptight?” “I think she could crack a glass marble in her… you know,” said Ned; the attendant might as well been a talking pair of starched pants. Ms. Flowers nodded to agree as she glanced towards the attendant. The woman in the orange dress looked to the ground. She was sad about something.
“Is there something you would like to talk about?” asked Ned. Ms. Flowers looked to Ned and said, “I would love to, you would not understand, though. How old are you, 12?” “I happen to be exactly 12!” said Ned, “You are quite the intelligible woman guessing. Why are you sad?”
“Once a year, for four years in a row, I was able to see an ex-boss. I currently work in consulting for another firm, however I was using my paid vacations to come and see this man. He paid me. I did not need the money; it was nice to see him, though.”
“This arrangement was professional?”
“You seem smart for a 12-year-old.”
“I am a prodigy; I study all sciences. I write; I publish.”
“Wow, maybe you could give me advice.”
“I always think, ‘Let it go.’ I remember not to dwell on anything that may bring me to an unhealthy frame of mind. As for you; I am no doctor. I can relate a few things, albeit. Do you want to hear these possibilities?” Continue reading