The Unexpected Strikes Again

A four terminal line for the Agricultural Inspection at United

Good Morning God!

Yesterday morning — was it JUST yesterday? — Kit and I had what we laughingly call a “personality transfer.” My flight was to leave at 6:40 a.m. so I thought I should get to the airport by 5:00 and we should leave around 4:30 a.m. Kit, usually the most “fail safe” minded man imaginable, said “Oh no, if we leave at 5:00 that will get you there with plenty of time.” I — last minute Molly — said I really thought I should get there earlier than that.

We compromised on leaving at 4:45 and I got to the airport at 5:09 — only to see a line that went on and on and on — just to go through the agricultural inspection. YIKES! I almost didn’t believe it. I wanted to go to the front of the line to check. But the line was growing longer by the second, so I hurried down to the end.

There were two flights to the mainland — my 6:40 one to LA and a 7:00 one to SF. Then there was a 10:45 a.m. flight to Narita. E GADS! The passengers for that flight had arrived at 5:00 and were stretched out in front of me FURTHER than my eye could see. Thank goodness I had checked in AND paid for my bag at home! I got to my gate 10 minutes before the doors to the plane shut!

Yes, God! Life is full of the unexpected. People show up WAY TOO EARLY and others cut it a bit close. Life seems by it’s very nature jerky. I’ve always thought Ogden Nash summed it up best in his light verse: Catsup, catsup, hit the bottle — none will come, and then a lottle.

So, God, yet another lesson to plan ahead and leave plenty of margin in our lives. And as best we can, to plan for the unexpected.

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