From the May 2012 magazine.

May 2012: Plane Talk

Reaching out to a stranger in the air lifted him up higher

It was March 8,1993. I remember the date because I had just finished acting in a play the night before. My wife had said we needed a vacation and scheduled one to the Bahamas beginning March 7. When we realized I had one more performance, it was decided that she would go on ahead with the couple we would be spending the week with, and I would join them the next day.

Monday morning as I checked in at the airport, I was told my flight had been cancelled. It was changed to one that would go through Cleveland. As I boarded the plane in Cleveland, I couldn’t help but notice one of the most beautiful women I had ever seen. She looked a lot like Christy Brinkley. Oh, I thought, looks like she’s in my row. As I approached her, she looked up at me with a big, warm smile and asked, “Are you sitting here?” I replied, “I’m not sure, what row is this”? She told me, then I looked down at my ticket and said, “Yes, as a matter of fact I am sitting here.” “Well,” she said, “Could you do me a favor? My friend there,” she said pointing to a back row in the plane, “she and I haven’t seen each other since college. Would you mind trading seats with her?” What could I say? “No problem, I’ll be happy to,” I answered. So I switched seats with her friend.

-- Bill P.

Eagle, Wisconsin

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