There’s a way to become an angel. And I think two people I met while traveling may have received their wings.
They acted randomly, motivated by kindness only. Yet, what they did for me was as welcome as points of light on a dark landing strip.
I met my first angel-in-waiting while racing along the sidewalk from one busy Los Angeles airport terminal to another. She was sitting alone on a bench and saw me stride by — and back again — with a look of anxiety that must have been apparent.
“Are you lost?” the cherubic-faced woman asked, her white hair blowing ever so slightly in the breeze.
I paused with a sigh. My walk to the Alaska Airlines terminal had been much farther than I had imagined.
“Well, I wanted to take the escalator, but it’s out of order,” I commented as I pointed to it in the distance. “But I guess I can drag my suitcase up the steps anyway,” my determination — and fatigue — showing as I shifted the weight of my computer, oversized handbag and suitcase to the other side.
“There’s an elevator just around the corner that I can show you,” she announced with a smile. “You can ride it up to ticketing.”
With a hurried thanks for her kind offer I raced away, time swiftly approaching for my next flight. But just as the elevator doors came into sight, they closed. Then miraculously they reopened.
There stood a tanned soon-to-be angel, her dark shoulder-length hair framing her beautiful face. As we rode upwards, she told me how her passport had been lost until recently, delaying her trip from Ecuador to Canada. She had recognized my distress at first glance.
As we approached the endless line at ticketing, she lingered. I’d told her when my flight would depart.
“Let’s try the kiosk to see if it’ll go faster,” she urged as another passenger moved away.
With a quick motion she entered my data and then gave a spur-of-the-moment hug good-bye. She had a different plane to catch and had only stayed with me to make sure I’d be OK.
I stood there stunned. Two people had shown me random acts of kindness in a place where at first glance, it seemed everyone was too busy to care.
It was a gentle reminder of how each one of us can spontaneously become an angel — at least in the eyes of another.