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Airport Encounters

I am a consummate people watcher and connector. Everywhere I go, I meet folks from all of the world with stories to share. As I am writing this entry, I am sitting on the carpeted floor of terminal D3 in the airport in Las Vegas en route to my home in the Philadelphia area. My back is supported by a pole while my computer is charging. I came to this city where it is said that what happens here stays here, to be interviewed for a television show. I was talking about bouncing back from challenging life events. It also offered the opportunity to visit my long time friend Brian, catch up on our lives, laugh and play on the Las Vegas Strip. His Gumby costume attracted a great deal of attention as people would shout out the Eddie Murphy line “I’m Gumby, dammit!” Everything I just mentioned in this paragraph indicates relationship, whether it is with an object or a person.

On the way to the Philly airport, I set intention to connect with amazing people and of course I did. In the waiting area, my eyes caught a young man with a rainbow colored Mohawk, shorts and tattoos and I thought how interesting it would be to chat with him. As I was boarding the plane and taking my seat, guess who one of my seatmates was?  Mr. Mohawk who spent more time on Snapchat than he actually did chatting.

The gentleman on the other side of me was decidedly more conservatively garbed, but the conversation with him was far more colorful and deep. We spoke about spirituality, life, death, love and what sustains us in the midst of pain and loss. Likely in his 70’s, he has several health issues and lost his son several years ago. We also explored the idea of alternate realities occurring simultaneously. He actually raised the subject.

Cosmically coincidentally, the same topic was broached at the studio where the television show was recorded. I see relationships everywhere. As I take a moment to look around the terminal, I see people interacting with others. Some are face to face conversations, others via electronics. One man is listening to something on a headset; perhaps music or a recorded lecture. An American Airlines employee just announced pre-boarding instructions. People are responding to that interaction by moving toward the entry way that will lead them to their seats on the metal bird that will lift and loft us to our next destination. I am eager to see who my seat mates will be on this leg of my trip.

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Airport Encounters

Edie Weinstein, MSW, LSW

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Weinstein, E. (2015). Airport Encounters. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 15, 2020, from


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