Calm Skies

November 21st, 2009 Posted in writing

I get a little jittery when I’m on an airplane. I suspect most people do. But a few weeks ago, I felt very calm, not just because the stewardess was pleasant or there wasn’t any turbulence. Those helped, but what really did it for me was that I was sitting right next to a little old lady saying her rosary.

She held the rosary in her lap and as she moved the beads, they made little reassuring clicks. I guess I figured that God wouldn’t be impolite enough to let anything happen to this nice person — or us — while we were up in the air and she was engaging him in conversation.

Not very sound theology, of course, and it doesn’t have anything to do with aeronautical engineering or the laws of physics. But I enjoyed that flight a whole lot more than if I’d been seated somewhere else.

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