Wednesday, February 18, 2009
"Uncertainty and mystery are energies of life. Don't let them scare you unduly, for they keep boredom at bay and spark creativity."
-R. I. Fitzhenry
The pilot had offered an explanation for the alteration of our plans. To anyone awake and paying the slightest bit of attention, the reason was flimsy at best; at worst, we were deep in the middle of an inexplicable mystery.
"We are unable to land due to thick fog," he chirped, and fell silent for the next five hundred miles.
We three looked at one another; our friend, with the image of Calcutta's cars and trees burned into her mind, did not know what to say. Nor, as it turned out, did Spouse's family, who had been waiting patiently and had noted the brilliant stars in a clear sky.
I looked all about the plane for a single disconcerted soul who might be disputing the notion of fog, but all complaints were regarding an unexpected visit to Hyderabad.
The Fog Effect: blindly accepting without question a scenario which, with a little rumination, would soon be found to be an impossible one.
Posted by Phyllis Hunt McGowan at 12:18 PM