Slice of Life Tuesday is hosted by Two Writing Teachers
Flying back from visiting my parents in London, I experienced all that has become common in air travel today: long lines, long waits, and a tiny space in which to spend long travel hours. Feeling rather sorry for myself, I spent the first few hours of my flight grading papers. Then, while shuffling between the “done” pile and the “to do” one, I dropped my pen. No amount of searching around and under my seat yielded anything more than dirty tissues and candy wrappers. I stepped over my sleeping seat mate to try to retrieve my backpack (also known as my traveling office) from the overhead compartment, but even that proved fruitless: it was wedged behind bigger bags and beyond my just above five foot reach.
Disgruntled and cranky, I decided to watch a movie…and that’s when my whole evening was transformed. Among the few good choices available was this:
How to resist? Within moments, I was transported to Istanbul, and cats, cats, cats, everywhere. Gentle and shy cats, brazen and aggressive cats, and cats of varying sizes and hues. As different as the cats were, the response of the citizens of Istanbul were universally accepting, delighted, amused, even loving. About halfway through, I came upon these lines, and just had to take the following still shots :
This in-flight, made from a movie poem has stayed with me ever since. You can find gifts in the most unexpected places, when you least expect it.