June 12th, 2014


by Jacqueline Whitmore

I’m sitting in the Westchester County Airport waiting for my flight back home to Palm Beach. It is foggy, visibility is bad, and no planes can come or go. Flights are delayed, cancelled and being diverted. My flight is delayed. I was scheduled to leave at 10:22am, but that didn’t happen.

Since I have nothing but time on my hands, I’m just going to sit here and people watch. The woman next to me is texting, the man beside her is sleeping. The woman in back of me is reading Facebook posts. A mother and son are taking a selfie. Everyone is finding ways to pass the time. We’re all in the same boat, so to speak. Waiting. There’s nowhere to go except to the bathroom or the snack stand and buy a coffee, soda, chips, or a pack of gum.

Everyone is on their smart phone or iPad. Thank goodness for technology to help pass the time. There is one man doing something I hardly see anymore. He’s reading the newspaper. Reminds me of my mother. She loved reading the newspaper. Not just one, but two or three a day. It was her way of staying connected with the world and expanding her vocabulary. She loved to learn.

The weather can change our entire day. It can even determine our mood. Right now, I am trying to remain patient and positive. I’m hopeful the fog will lift soon. How long does fog linger anyway? Does it hover all day?

“Mercury is in Retrograde,” I just heard one woman say. “That’s when everything goes wacko.” Now I have to Google “Mercury Retrograde” because I don’t know what it means.

Come to find out that Mercury rules our intelligence, mind, memory and, all types of communication ranging from talking and texting to writing. It also affects our self-expression and communication style. In a more public sense, it rules commerce, computers, telephones, transportation and air travel.

Now I’ve learned something new. The solar system is to blame for my flight delay. If I get out today, I’ll thank my lucky stars. In the meantime, I’ll just wait.

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