About that over head space in the airplane...

Jul 25th, 2006, 03:51 PM
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Gekko, are you a practicing attorney?
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Jul 25th, 2006, 04:03 PM
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No, but he plays one on TV.
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Jul 25th, 2006, 04:47 PM
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Oh sigh, the first time I flew to Italy after I lost my husband I found when I got on the plane I could not lift my carryon into the overhead compartment. I was close to tears. My husband had always taken care of the carryons in the overhead compartment.

Some people passed me (I had moved into my aisle seat) so as to not block the aisle way. Suddenly a lovely Dutchman at the window seat of my aisle stood up (I was assigned the aisle seat), gave me a smile and lifted my carryone on into the overhead bin. When we landed in Amsterdam he removed my carryon on for me. I do not speak Dutch and he did not speak English but our smiles communicated to each other a bonding of the human spirit.

I have never again brought that same size carryon. I now use a much smaller one that will fit under the seat in front of me.

But I will never forget the kind Dutch gentleman who assisted me. Kindness and care for others does make our world so much nicer.
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Jul 25th, 2006, 04:50 PM
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Awww, LoveItaly. What a sweetie pie. BOTH of you.

I just boo-hoo'd in church on Sunday. Something reminded me of something bittersweet and the tears just started dropping. The tears seem to come at the strangest times, don't they?

Here's a virtual hug -
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Jul 25th, 2006, 05:00 PM
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Hey Starrs, how did you know, I actually am sort of teary after writing that post..just thinking about the kindness of that Dutch gentleman.
I had never forgotten him but reading this thread brought back the incident and my feelings at the time (and until he assisted me I felt like such a dope with a too heavy carryon).

I mentally said to myself on the way to Europe I would never again be judgemental when someone is having a problem. And consequently I have found myself seeing others that need assistance. The person behind me in a long cash register line with a couple of items, I let them go ahead of me. The elderly lady trying to get her bags of groceries into her car, I have stopped to help. The obviously nonEnglish speaking person at the library that does not know how to use the computer check out for library books etc.

That lovely Dutchman not only helped me with my carryon he taught me a lesson that will live with me the rest of my life. Do unto others..a good way to live.
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Jul 25th, 2006, 05:01 PM
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It seems to me that people who have no patience with others should not fly with others. If you don't want to deal with passengers, hire a private plane. Not only will you be much happier, all the people who don't have to fly with you will also be happier.

If you can't afford a private plane maybe you could actually (gasp) help someone lift their bag into the overhead storage. If being kind is a totally foreign concept to you, just think of it as something that will get you into your seat faster.

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Jul 25th, 2006, 05:06 PM
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What a heartwarming story. We must have been posting at the same time. It reminds me of those famous lines from A Streetcart Named Desire. Sometimes you have to depend on the kindness of strangers.
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Jul 25th, 2006, 05:14 PM
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Hi there sunshinesue, good comment and I certainly remember that line "sometimes you have to depend on the kindness of strangers". Yes, it is so true!! Life is difficult but we could all make it easier for each other if we only would.
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Jul 25th, 2006, 05:15 PM
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Loveitaly, how fortunate for you were didn't happen to be flying that day with one of our posters who would have snapped and growled at you, "if you can't lift it, you should have checked it, you stupid old lady."

Yes, there are many kind and patient people in this world. Isn't it nice when you happen to run into one of them?

Jul 25th, 2006, 05:16 PM
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Traveling to Mexico I have had opportunities to assist aon-English speaking people. It feels fantastic.

Once an older woman was on her first flight. She didn't understand anything (overhead bins, that the soda and juice were free, how to fill out customs forms, etc.) and no attendants on that particular Alaska flight spoke Spanish! So me with my stumbling Spanish was her best bet. It was my pleasure.

Just last month, a handsome young Mexican man was making a confusing transfer at Phoenix where we were getting no assistance from our airline. He showed me his boarding pass with a desperate look on his face, turns out we had the same connection so I was able to smile and say "the same" in Spanish, show him my pass, and wave him along with me to walk the 3 miles or so to our gate.

LoveItaly's sweet posts made me recall these times I was able to return the favor... as I have often been helped by strangers before myself.
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