I’ve always wanted to sit on a plane next to a talker… not just any talker but someone that I could carry on a genuine, enriching conversation with. That’s never really my luck though—I get the sleeper, the non-English speaker, the crying baby, etc…until today. I sat next to a woman was about 30 years old and a stay at home mom. We spent the entire four-hour flight discussing Teach for America (it’s really difficult to explain!), traveling, family, and her marriage and kids. There was neither awkward silence nor meaningless words to try and fill time. It was the kind of conversation that leaves you excited for life and all that’s to come. That was exactly what I needed.
Well, I’m in New Mexico now and hoping my flight here was an indicator of what’s to come. On the 2-hour road trip from the airport in Albuquerque to Gallup there wasn’t too much conversation, just enough. We were told to lay aside any tendencies to be reserved and instead embrace all the people we meet.
After peeking at the schedule for these next few days, I’m pretty excited—it is FULL. I missed the optional 7:30-8:30 a.m. breakfast…of course. Looking forward to meeting a lot of new people and learning what this teaching deal is all about.