The hardest part of an outdoor commitment (besides going outside when it’s too cold, too rainy, too miserable…) is when you really have no time to go outdoors.
Such as the days you spend in airports and airplanes.
On these days you must make an extra effort to fit in your outdoor adventure before 7 a.m. or after 10 p.m. You have to Plan.
This morning Chris and I were out of his apartment by 6:20 a.m. and headed for Golden Hill. He planned to pick up his friend Chrissie at 7 a.m., drop me at the airport, and then proceed to campus for classes.
I said, “OK, we’ll do the outdoor adventure at 6:30 a.m., ok?”
He raised his eyebrows, but he’s a good son.
He complied. We took a nice walk through the early dawn of San Diego.
We walked in silence. The early morning air felt chill. But in San Diego “chill” does not mean the same thing as it does in Upper Michigan. In the U.P. we would be bundled in winter clothes, hats and mittens. In San Diego we wore a light coat or long sleeve shirt.
We said our goodbyes. Goodbye, Christopher. Goodbye, Mom. When will we see each other again? Perhaps next summer? Thank you for coming. Thank you for having me. I love you. I love you, too.
After about 20 minutes he headed back to the car. I slowly walked around the park. It would be a long day. Little did I know then but our flight would be momentarily delayed because both clocks in the cockpit refused to work. Luckily, a maintenance guy fixed them and we took off before impatience set in. Later on the flight the captain announced, “Ladies and gentlemen, we have a delicate situation.” My heart stopped. Here we go, I thought. Delicate situation. Are we ever truly prepared for “delicate” situations? But then his voice continued, “All four lavatories are not flushing well. Please do not put paper toweling down the toilets.”
Ahhh! That kind of “delicate” situation. We can live with that one…
Just before we drove to the airport, a flock of birds settled on the overhead wire. They were all lined up to go. So were we.
“Goodbye!” we said, “Until we meet again…”