30 minutes left to wait to get on a flight to Philly, sit for an hour and a half, scramble to another terminal to catch a back to back connecting flight, to sit again for three hours. I already got the deluxe TSA pat down (perils of a one way ticket), stared angrily at the tiny airport Starbucks for a bit (reflux-gate day 5, past the withdrawals and now just feeling snarky about caffeine), and settled on an overpriced and really unsatisfying bottle of airport water. That was all thirty minutes ago. I'm currently most aware of the amount of sitting such a trip will take, and that's making my fidgety self just a bit nervous. Waiting. Perhaps this project has also just revealed itself as an exercise in patience.
The problem is I'm so not in sync with my mindful self at present. Will Russell remember to tell J&C (who are watching Twyla today) to feed our dog breakfast? Will he remember to give them the bunch of kale I snipped from the garden at 5:30 this morning? What if I miss my connector? How ever will life go on without me for four days at home in an extreme heatwave??!! Spoiler alert, all of these things will be fine and I know that. Let's blame my lack of zen on my lack of coffee, that makes sense.
People watching for meditation. A tired looking mom and dad walking back and forth telling a wired toddler to "use her words." An older man talking to everyone, he hasn't been on a plane in 40 years and is proud to share he's going to visit his kids. A really young mom with a baby strapped on her loudly preplanning her first plane ride experience and making an epic iPhone movie. A young woman wearing a winter parka, shopping on her laptop for parkas. Lots of business people. A pair of women flipping through their selfies for quality assurance. An older couple also people-watching, we made silent eye contact. People with headphones, books, newspapers phones, drinks, really weird breakfast choices (pickle flavored chips). The majority of men have tucked their shirts in, very few women have done the same. The woman in the parka has removed her jacket and ceased shopping for parkas.
8 more minutes to go.