Have you ever noticed those whispy white or gray lines that criss cross our skies? You know what I mean, the jet contrails that remain after a plane full of travelers has made their way above our heads. I have always found these intersting. No wait, let me change that to intriguing. Within the one hundred or couple of hundred passengers sitting on this aircraft is so many stories to interest anyone who loves books or writing.
In my recent trip to Belize I got to witness this in person. I don’t get to travel too much. It’s not that I have not, I just haven’t had much need in the last few years. We had a trip to Orlando five years ago to visit the Disney parks and there have been some c=business trips, but other than that it is still a novle experience.
To get back to my theme, you can see so many interesting things in the airports and on the planes. While we were waiting to board our return flight from Belize City i saw some guys that were shepherding scuba abd dive gear toward the loading area. Most of them either wore shirts with their diving team info or had bumper stickers on their gear. Obviously they made the trip to explore the clear blue waters of Belize.
On the flight down I sat next to a woman from Minneapolis who shared that when they left at 5 AM on December 8th it was beginning to snow. She said the forecast was for 4-8 inches of the white stuff. She was traveling with her husband and expected to be scuba diving bbefore dark that day while he took in some fly fishing. To my right was a young girl from Belize who was returning home for the holiday from a semester of school at Old Dominion University in Richmond, VA.
Behind us there was a family of four, with two little girls along with their grandma. Th eoldest of the young girls was toting a small string instrument, likely a violin. She told the male flight attendant that afforded her a little more than the usual attention that it belonged to her. He was very interested to learn more and so she shared some pieces of her story.
As writers, we are constantly looking for story ideas. In my estimation a plane full of passengers could supply you for a decade with fresh material and interconnections the likes of which the most seasoned writer would crave. Real life is sometimes full of realities we seek to escape, but their are moments worth capturing if we will just open our eyes and minds to the chance.