An Experience of Common Humanity

Our recent show guest Laird Young (EPISODE 017) sent me this article this morning.  His only description of it, "Short and perfect!"

It was written by Palestinian-American poet Naomi Shihab Nye, which makes it such a wonderful read for us in this season of terrorism.  Her experience at her airport gate A-4 is a beautiful representation of common humanity in real life.

We can do this y'all!  We can live this way!  Perhaps if we can intentionally slow our lives down, open our eyes to those around us, and allow ourselves to engage others in their pain, suffering, and lives.

Naomi Shihab Nye

Naomi Shihab Nye

Gate A-4 By Naomi Shihab Nye:

Wandering around the Albuquerque Airport Terminal, after learning my flight had been delayed four hours, I heard an announcement: “If anyone in the vicinity of Gate A-4 understands any Arabic, please come to the gate immediately.” Well— one pauses these days. Gate A-4 was my own gate. I went there.

An older woman in full traditional Palestinian embroidered dress, just like my grandma wore, was crumpled to the floor, wailing. “Help,” said the flight agent. “Talk to her . What is her problem? We told her the flight was going to be late and she did this.” (Finish Reading Article)