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the in between

December 28, 2011

the beverage cart rolled past seat 6D about halfway through our 1 hour, 23 minute flight from milwaukee to atlanta.  mom was halfway into a rem cycle.  and i was halfway through january’s edition of vogue.  dad and sarah were halfway down the aisle, comfortably seated in row 11.

there’s not much to do during a 1 hour, 23 minute flight though the darkness of night.  i always choose the window seat so i can personally manage the steering and wing/engine function.  i also choose the window because it’s the seat with the view.  but at night, that view is restricted to passing planes, stars and the scatterings of cities on the ground below.

as we took off and lurched toward the sky, i pressed my nose to the window and watched milwaukee fade into the distance.  with a twinkle the city lights turned into dark lake water and i lost sight of my home city.

it’s dark out here now, somewhere between illinois and tennessee.  somewhere between our origin and our destination.  somewhere between beverage carts and parking lots, check-in and baggage claim, ascent and descent.  it’s dark out there now, except for the blinking of my keyboard and the dots of milwaukee’s lights seared into my memory.

i’m halfway through a 1 hour and 23 minute flight.  mom’s halfway through another rem cycle.  the page is dogeared halfway through my january issue of vogue.  and i’m halfway between home and home.

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  1. Notorious permalink
    December 28, 2011 4:27 pm

    Your visit proves that contrary to the classic phrase, indeed you can go home again. Great visit. Great memories. Great blog entry today. –Notorious

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